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  • Again, close to 8 hours of sleep, but not in bed by 10. Son #1 came home from work chatty when I was getting sorted out for bed, so we spent some time. I haven't seen him much this week, as he's been working late and often gone by the time I get home from work. Still sluggish getting up, but okay through the day.

    Grilled some lovely local lamb shoulder chops for dinner. Seasoned simply with salt, pepper & garlic. Fatty and delicious.

    Should find out tomorrow if the work trip to Sweden in a month is a go, and things seem to be progressing nicely for the probably work trip to Brazil in November. How awesome for me if both end up happening. Haha, the new boss may not let me do anything this exciting again next year, but you never know. I should at least be able to go to the annual conference I went to Chicago for this spring again, next year it's in San Diego. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Kind of bloaty today, TOM has arrived a few days early. Ha, at least that means all will be done and over when hubby gets home next weekend.

    Long weekend ahead, which often means being let go early on Friday. If so, planning on stopping by the mall on the way home for some personal shopping, since we can wear civvie clothes tomorrow. Hopefully I can get some home stuff done over the weekend, son #2 is working, #1 is in a local rugby tournament. And I'm working 8 hours in the ER on holiday Monday, so time and a half wages. Mentioned that to hubby, his response was "oh, is that your dehydrator?" Perhaps another Amazon order will be forthcoming in the near future.
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    • Yesterday didn't start off well. Son #1 brought a couple buddies home after work, they sat outside on the deck chatting and woke me up probably 6 times between 3 and 5 am. Not happy about that. My bedroom is right above the deck and the bathroom window was open for fresh air. At least we got let out from work at noon, so popped by the mall for a few things on the way home. Had eaten milk chocolate at work in the morning, then the last of the borscht and a lamb chop and cucumber with tzatziki after getting home, and took an hour and a smidge nap. Not very hungry later, so had goat cheese & kerrygold dubliner cheddar on rice crackers for dinner.

      Today was up at a decent time to head to the farmers' market. Super busy once again. My haul: cucumbers, multicoloured cherry tomatoes, onions, scallions, carrots, green beans, red peppers, new potatoes, and some smoked rainbow trout. Grocery store restock followed. I was pleased to see my Superstore now carries frozen organic allegedly grass fed beef and pastured pork in the frozen section. Did get some ground pork. Nice score. And at the market, there's a lady who brings her goats along with her selection of goat milk soaps and other natural care products, including alpaca wool. Today she had a variety of different types of fowl, with a pile of the different sized and coloured eggs from each. I asked her if she sells her duck eggs. Says she can't sell them legally at the market, but every Sunday her farm has an open house, and she does sell eggs there, including the duck eggs. I might take a drive there tomorrow, it's only a couple of miles past where the farmers' market is. She also does classes in soap making, cheese making, and other stuff. Very interesting.

      Finally got in a good walk today too. 5 miles in the sun, close to an hours and a half. It felt really good. Surprising though, I saw so few people out and about, even in the park. Like just over a dozen. It is a long weekend, and lots of people are out of town at cabins and such, but still such a nice day and nobody outside in the park.

      Between urban foraging and the walk, I ate a smidge of turkey cold cuts, slice of jack cheese, some pistachios and cherries. Later some dried coconut. Made primal hot wings so son #2 could eat before work, I'll have some a bit later on. Chilling with a cider now, and in need of a good shower. Relaxing night at home tonight. Planning on another walk and then a pedicure for tomorrow. And my pickles are close to done, might be ready to be put into jars tomorrow. Bone broth needs making as well. Great job for the pressure cooker. Hubby managed to connect with an old friend in Ottawa, going with his family to their cabin for the long weekend. Nice.
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      • Son #1 is playing in a rugby tournament in town this weekend. He took the tent and planned on camping out tonight at the field, along with many others. He surprised me by coming home around 7pm, exhausted. Played 4 games today, is somewhat sunburned, took a hard hit in the last game that whacked his head (is quite okay, fortunately), and the usual bruises and scrapes. He says he didn't sleep well last night, and was up and out early today, so figured that sleeping in a tent with all the partying going on was not a great idea. Smart kid. Drank a bunch of water, ate wings, took ibuprofen and glutamine, and is planning on an early bed. Back out for 9 am tomorrow. He and one of his best buddies were asked by the provincial team to come with them in 2 days to play in BC...great to be recognized for great playing, but neither can get the time off work with next to no notice. Too bad.

        The wings were rather spicy, due to cayenne pepper, and heartily devoured. I remembered I had one gluten free beer in the fridge that I'd bought a few weeks ago, and then never had the urge to try, as it's been well over a year since I bothered with beer. It was really good, and went fabulous with the wings. It's an american brand, Bard. Made with sorghum. Previous gluten free beers I've tried have been very ho hum. This would be worth having again.

        A small dilemma in the works. I received an email from the crossfit place I wanted to try the on ramp month with in July, that is until my knee buggered up, so had to pass. Their Aug on ramp starts Monday night, is Mon and Wed nights for an hour for 4 weeks, and has space left. And I'll be home over the next 4 weeks exactly. And the knee is feeling rather decent. No significant issues for the last couple of weeks. Sept is out for sure, due to work travel and the Vegas holiday. So...is the knee good enough to give it a go? Should I just go for it, and moderate as tolerated? Guess I have tomorrow to decide...
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        • Up early after a decent 9 hours of sleep. Son #1 was just crawling out of bed, terribly sore from yesterday. He wanted nothing more than to just chill and game all day, as did his buddy who also played, but off he went at 9 for another day. I just heard that his team won their semi-final game, so he'll be playing another this afternoon. That will be at least 3 games for today! And once again, smart kid decided already he's not staying for the social tonight with drinking, as he has a work training session mid day tomorrow. Hopefully he'll get home this evening with nothing worse than sore muscles.

          I went out walking for an hour after coffee, glad I went then in the sun as it's now clouded over and threatening thundershowers. Just got home from a good pedicure too, so a decent day thus far. Should toss some bones in to cook for broth.

          I was deliberating all morning about the crossfit on ramp that starts tomorrow. I decided to just do it, I'm sure stuff can be scaled if the knee starts to protest. I emailed them that I was interested, hopefully will hear back this evening that they still have space left. Definitely means I need a good sleep tonight, with the early ER shift and then potential cross fit class at 730pm. Ack! Hope I don't regret this!!
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          • Well, as you've already decided, I was going to vote a big YES on the crossfit. Maybe it will even be beneficial for the knee somehow. (Although I know that knees don't work like that)

            I've heard very good things about the sorghum beers but I haven't tried them for the obvious reasons. Good to know they are worthwhile, though.
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            • Ah, the crossfit place has space left for on ramp, so I start tomorrow. Holy crap! This box is maybe 2 miles from home, and even has a 10% discount for employees of the hospital I do casual shifts at.

              Son #1's team lost their final game, thus placed a respectable 2nd place for the tournament. He came home to shower, and went back for the social after all. Has the tent, and is going to stay out there tonight. He decided some fun was more important than being rested for the work stuff tomorrow, which at least doesn't start till midday.

              Lovely golden chicken bone broth is now in jars in the fridge, thank you pressure cooker. I love that thing.

              Ate some coconut, pistachios and cherries in the afternoon. Dinner was a small grilled sirloin steak with mushrooms, and baked new potatoes with sour cream and scallions. It was delicious. Finished an open bottle of red that was opened a couple days ago.

              Early day tomorrow, plus the evening workout. Better get to bed.
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              • Good night sleep, 7 1/2 hours or so. And a decent day in the ER, not too busy, just steady. Now of course, I'm ready for a nap. But crossfit class #1 is in less than an hour...feeling both rather excited and intimidated! Ah well, we'll all be beginners, as that's the purpose of the on ramp classes. Wonder if it will be all young ones and I'll be the oldest there or if there's other 40+ somethings this crazy too. I'm thinking the VFFs will be appropriate. If they don't work well tonight, I can try the pace gloves next time.

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                L: tin of wild salmon, cherry tomatoes, a plum
                after work a few bites of steak and one very small potato. Wanted something, but not too much before class.

                I'll report back later on the class, if I'm not collapsed in a heap of sweaty exhaustion .
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                • Very interested to hear about the class! Tell us, tell us!
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                  • I didn't collapse, through I'm pretty sure I'm going to have trouble lifting my arms tomorrow morning. Good thing it's not a shampoo day, heehee. Legs are quite used up as well, but am feeling the most in my arms and chest.

                    There were 5 of us in the class, I was the only gal. One decently fit looking guy in late 20s, a late 20s/early 30s stay at hone dad, me, and 2 men in their mid to late 40s or so. So a decent group. Of course, we're all there to try this out and learn, but I was secretly pleased to land in the middle of the group during the stuff. The instructor spent 10 or so minutes talking to us about crossfit, and what we knew or had heard about it, followed by a light maybe 300m jog and warmup. Then a while showing us the basic movements, and having us demo and practice, including squats, rowing, situps, pullups, pushups. Finally we did a timed workout to finish - row 500m, 40 squats, 30 situps, 20 pushups, 10 pullups as "fast" as you can using proper form, and resting/breaking up sets as needed. I finished right in the middle (well, the one guy was 2 min ahead and the second guy and me were seconds apart). I did do knee pushups, and bands for the pullups/chinups, starting with one thinner band and adding a second partway through. 7:25. Holy crap, I'm spent!

                    I've showered, and grabbed a dose of son #1's glutamine to hopefully make recovery tomorrow a little easier. And I'm not really even hungry right now, but better make sure I have something before bedtime. I really can't imagine having much, however, and don't plan to be up late.

                    Must make a point more than I usually do to get up and move from my desk tomorrow when in the office. And walking or something at lunch.

                    I liked it, overall. I think the next class we'll be using some weights and bars. Looking forward to it.
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                    • Sounds intense! Hope you feel okay in the morning.
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                      Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                      Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                      With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

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                      • I'm actually feeling surprisingly not bad at all this morning. I did haul out the foam roller before bed for a while, and had a small meal of a couple ounces of steak and 2 small baked potatoes topped with cheese. Slept well, 7.5 hours. Woke hungry, but coffee seems to be adequate for the time being, have bone broth for this morning, and may try to hold off a meal until after some lunchtime movement.

                        That last batch of chicken bone broth from the pressure cooker is amazingly tasty.

                        My pickles have finished fermenting, should have dealt with them last night, but after the workout it wasn't going to happen. Must get on that tonight.
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                        • I am a bit more sore this evening, but that could also be partly due to the 4.8 mile walk at lunch, which included 1.5 miles of slow running in the middle in the park. It was good. Upper body is fine, feeling it more in the hips/quads. Probably will take another glutamine dose and foam roll this evening.

                          I'm surprised I wasn't more hungry today. But I'm good with that. Had a vague thought about something sweet in the afternoon, but it was fleeting and easily ignored.

                          Had my formal first meeting with the new boss, was scheduled for 45-60 min, and we spoke for more like 90. I have worked with her before for a bit, when we were the same rank, as Captains, 6 years ago, and run into her as colleagues on a few conferences in the past few years, most recently the one in Chicago in May. I could actually see us as friends, but as the boss, it probably won't quite go that way. I think she's a couple years older than me, and single. Very petite stature, and athletic. Briefed her on my dept's activities, my subordinates, and personal/career goals. I'm quite sure she'll be a good boss.

                          I sat down after getting home and dozed off for about 45 min. Was definitely feeling the aftereffects of activity at that point. Got moving and made a frittata for dinner out of leftovers. An great fall back on dish to use stuff up. Watered the garden, picked a few grape tomatoes, and put my pickles in jars. Very garlicky. Almost too much so for son #2, but good for me. I have 3 one litre jars in the fridge full.

                          Eats:
                          coffee
                          bone broth
                          L: bit of steak, mushrooms, small baked potato, a plum
                          some pistachios, bit of coconut
                          D: frittata with steak, mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions, fresh oregano & basil, goat cheese & fresh mozzarella

                          I've had a headache of varying intensities all day. Hopefully 8 hours of sleep will sort that out.
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                          • Had an odd phone call this evening. It was from the office of the gynecologist who recommended the hysteroscopy based on my ultrasound results, next appt is for pre-op stuff in early Oct as her OR schedule can't fit me in till Oct. I was told Dr A (I saw Dr H, but they are in the same practice) reviewed my ultrasound, and wants to see me in clinic next Tuesday. I can't figure out if perhaps they just share the patient load and he has space earlier in his schedule, or if there is more to the ultrasound than first thought, and there is a need to do something sooner. Concerning. And now I get to think about it for a week until I find out which one. I do know that my schedule for Sept is jam packed, with 3 separate week long trips (2 for work, one for holiday).

                            Trying to put it out of mind until next week, which I'm sure will not be so easy.

                            Crossfit class #2 in an hour...I am kind of sore today, but not horribly so. Might be different after tonight! Tired. Slept 7.5 hours last night. At least the headache is only a tiny niggle today.
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                            • I'm caught up!

                              Wow. Sweden. Brazil. Vegas. Nice

                              Crossfit.

                              I feel positively lazy when I read your journal.
                              And hungry. Your meals always sound so good.

                              Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                              Had an odd phone call this evening.

                              I can't figure out if perhaps they just share the patient load and he has space earlier in his schedule, or if there is more to the ultrasound than first thought, and there is a need to do something sooner. Concerning.
                              I vote for an open space in his schedule, 'cause they know how busy you are.
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