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If Friend, we greet thee, hand and heart.
If Stranger, such no longer be.
If Foe, our love will conquer thee.
-Old Welsh Door Verse

Friday, June 11, 2010

"Long periods of boredom...

interrupted by moments of sheer terror."

Attributed to someone in the 1960s in reference to airline travel, but it seems appropos here. I'm finishing up my first week in the Simi Valley, helping my mom (sort of) with my dad. He sleeps most of the time (that's the boredom part) except for those moments where - weak as he is - he still insists on making his way to the bathroom on his own or (and here's the terror part) upstairs at night to sleep in his own bed. We did get him to agree to sleep downstairs (a little white lie on Mom's part helped with that). Just hope we can re-convince him over and over again as the need arrises.

I entertain myself on my mom's laptop with facebook and here. I've done a little stitchery work on the Crabapple Hill Winter Wonderland big block. One tree, some snowflakes, all the words and most of the staff is done on the big block.

Finally broke down and set up my netbook to play movies (I have a separate hard drive for it just for that purpose.) Last night was Shutter Island. A friend recommended it as "not at all boring." I told him I'm going to have to be careful of what he recommends as "not boring" as another friend said her 27-year-old son had seen it, declared it the scariest movie he'd ever seen and then slept with his lights on for a few nights. It wasn't that bad. Of course, I was watching it on a tiny little screen with the volume on low. I think the sound people should get an Academy Award for their work; the start-up menu on the dvd was scary on its own. Anyway, it's an exceptionally good movie. I hope DeCaprio gets recognized for his work, too. It was, however, packed with my phobias, so I will be looking for something to watch today that is a little lighter in subject matter.

Like G-Force, perhaps.

My fitness program is going well. I returned to previous Weight Watchers training after December 5, 2009. In February, 2010, started what turned out to be two months of physical therapy to rehab a hip injury, then moved into the attached gym. I work out at the gym four to five days a week for a little over an hour each visit. Then, two weeks ago I officially rejoined WW to help me get through the summer. Since December 5 I've lost about 32 pounds and feel fantastic. I was happy with losing about one pound a week, but in the two weeks that I've been "officially" on WW I lost 7.5 pounds. I really hope that slows down (hoping to average two pounds a week over the summer) because at one pound a week the extra skin is shrinking nicely. I don't want to push that too far. I figure the entire process to a normal weight will take me until next summer.

If I can just stay away from the M&Ms.

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