karalianne is a Level 32 Health Monther

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Sunday March, 17th for 72 points, following 100% of her 5 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Sunday:

We stayed home as neither of us wanted to brave the driveway in church clothes. Watched Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, and Rocky Balboa (don’t ask me why we skipped two of them). Good movies, enjoyed them a lot.

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Saturday March, 16th for 51 points, following 100% of her 4 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Saturday:

Home all day, very lazy and comfy. No stories, sorry!

:) kaizenkaren
about 1 year ago

Ok, that’s a good day:-)

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Friday March, 15th for 57 points, following 100% of her 4 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Friday:

Spent the day in town. Aquacize in the morning, followed by a short stop at the mall, then to the library where I got some work done.

Met my parents at a different mall for dinner at the food court, then we went to see Les Mis at the cheap theatre there. I picked up my husband from work (he hates musicals and went to the pub with a buddy instead) and we met up with my parents at Tim Horton’s for tea and a snack before heading home.

Of course, home meant navigating the driveway and all that snow again. The RM has decided to clear all the roads and then go back and do people’s driveways. Which is patently ridiculous, but anyway.

I bought some flashlights at the dollar store before the movie, though, so at least we could see what we were doing on the way to the house.

Bed by midnight. SO TIRED.

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Thursday March, 14th for 48 points, following 75% of her 4 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Her public review of the day was…

Thursday:

Home all day. Weighed the guinea pigs (they gained again), housework, made fudge, did some ironing (caught up – what?), and cleaned up some more in the bedroom.

Got some work done.

Had shift.

Driveway drifted in during the day. My husband parked at the end and walked to the house, through knee-deep drifts in some places. I walked out to the car in that and then walked back to the house at the end of the night when there was no moon or anything so it was basically dark.

I am SO over the snow.

:) SusanT
about 1 year ago

I’ve never had guinea pigs. Is there a special reason why you weigh them regularly? Do you have a special scale? I can hardly imagine them standing patiently on the withings!

:) karalianne
about 1 year ago

I weigh them weekly so I can make sure they’re healthy. As prey animals, guinea pigs are really good at hiding illness, so behaviour won’t show much of anything until they’re so far gone that there’s nothing you can do.

I use a digital postal scale that weighs in grams and ounces (I prefer grams), and I tare it with an empty corner litter pan on it, then put the guinea pig in the litter pan. Sometimes I have to pat the pig on the nose to get him to stay still (a light tap often makes a guinea pig freeze for a few seconds, just long enough for the scale to settle).

My boys are BIG boys; Squeak is over 1400g, and Bandit isn’t far behind. Bubble and Batman tend to move between 1250g and 1350g because they can’t have pellets due to the calcium content (both of them tend to end up with really thick calcium deposits in their urine if they have pellets… or Romaine lettuce, or cilantro, or parsley… they’re on a pretty restricted diet at this point).

Normal male weight is about 1250g, and normal female weight is around 1000g. Mine are all boys. Last year, when I was looking after Sandy and she was so sick, she started at about 900g and at her lowest she was around 600g.

:) Bridget
about 1 year ago

Good question, Susan.

:) SusanT
about 1 year ago

Very interesting! Thank you!

about 1 year ago

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karalianne had a couple thoughts.

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On Tuesday when I cleaned up the closet, I discovered that I own 16 skirts and six dresses. This is quite astonishing, given that I was a kid (child/adolescent) who owned maybe two of each at a time and preferred pants whenever possible. I’m still more of a jeans & t-shirt kinda girl, but when the weather warms up I’ll probably go back to wearing skirts in public like I did all last spring-summer-fall.

What kinds of things surprise you about yourself now that you’re a (supposed) adult?

:) Bridget
about 1 year ago

I was just thinking yesterday that it still surprises me that I did not grow up to be a cowboy.
I am usually surprised when people ask me for advice.
Seriously! Haven’t you noticed how much trouble I get myself into?

:) Dylan Pocock
about 1 year ago

My wife recently told me, “you’re the one who’s good at getting up on time.” I was speechless.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 year ago

Dylan: Gee, I’m speechless with you!

Bridget: a little song for you:
All my life I’ve tried to be a cowboy
But I guess a cowboy I will never be
’Cause cowboys have to know how to ride horses
And horses scare the hell outta me.

I will try to find the melody on YouTube.

Janna: Your question will require more thought than I am capable of at the present time. :-)

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Wednesday March, 13th for 49 points, following 75% of her 4 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: allow processed food 2 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Wednesday:

In town all day. Did 30 minutes on the recumbent bike, then sat and lamented my life for an hour at the library. (Latest report is a disaster, all formatting was stripped due to the person using Pages for Mac instead of Word for Mac like is logical.)

Doctor for quick appointment, then grabbed crappy supper food at Safeway andcrappy hay at the no-animals pet store. Had A&W for lunch.

Went and parked at my husband’s work and walked over to the library. Spent half an hour editing my novel, then had a 45 minute session with the Writer in Residence. Very encouraging meeting and he’d like to see another ten pages of this novel. Just have to decide what to send next.

Edited for the last hour and a half of the day, then met up with my husband and we came home. Had our convenience dinner at the table in the kitchen, then sat in the living room together, he reading and I trying to fix the disaster of a report (in an hour and a half, I got a bunch of the formatting fixed and the headers and footers fixed, and I actually edited the first part of the report).

Bed came on time, which was most lovely.

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Tuesday March, 12th for 76 points, following 100% of her 4 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Tuesday:

Stayed home. Spent the morning cleaning house. Dishes, laundry, etc. Even did some ironing and started cleaning up the master bedroom. Pared down my clothes somewhat – need a couple more bins for storing them in when I’m not actively wearing them – you know, out of season clothes and things I really only wear when I’m working. (I figure it’s good to keep office wear on hand, just in case.)

Here, have a video I suddenly remembered from my teenage years and looked up on YouTube Tuesday night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT53XpwOT4U (Caution: religious content – but it’s funny! It’s Mark Lowry, if you know who that is.)

:) MaryAnn
about 1 year ago

Janna, I don’t think you’ll mind my saying this.

That guy, Mark Lowry, makes me want to run as fast as I can in the other direction … screaming … with my eyes closed and with my fingers jammed into my ears.

A chacun son goût, eh? :-)

:) karalianne
about 1 year ago

LOL – No worries, Mary Ann! I enjoy his parodies and he’s a comedian and a singer (in the Gaither Vocal Band, though, which makes me want to run screaming in the opposite direction), and he has ADHD. So multiple reasons for me to like him!

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Monday March, 11th for 41 points, following 50% of her 4 rules. She lost 2 life points for missing the following: get at least 7 hours of sleep every night, allow processed food 2 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Monday:

Aquacize in the morning. Then library and did some editing by hand. Then met my friend for lunch at Denny’s, from whence we went to a liquidation store and had fun looking at all the weird stuff (and bought some things of course).

I did more writing etc. at the downtown library and then met my husband and we stopped at Costco and then drove home.

Very slowly.

Glad my husband was driving as the highway was ICE. (As in, not “icy” but actually “ice.”)

We knew it had been blowing but weren’t prepared for what the driveway looked like. Remember the photo of our snowed in driveway from a bit ago? Well, imagine that only with “waves” that come up past your knees in some places.

We parked the car at the end of the driveway and I collected things while my husband checked it out – too much to shovel tonight. So I started walking down the driveway while he moved the car. Then he got the car stuck, so I put everything I was carrying down and went back and helped get it unstuck. Then he set out to walk to the neighbours’ to ask to borrow their snow flag (you put it at the end of the driveway and the grader knows you want your driveway ploughed) while I picked up my things and headed back to the house.

Remember the description of the drifts? Now imagine trying to walk through those “waves” of snow while carrying: a messenger bag across your body with it hanging in back; a backpack; a full purse; a bag of knitting; a cloth bag of groceries; and one of the large Safeway cloth “boxes” filled mostly with cans. Because that’s what I carried to the house.

I was shaking by the time I got to the house and had to talk myself through the last 100 feet. Got in the door and almost had a panic attack when the backpack wouldn’t slide off easily (it was hung up on the messenger bag) because I was beyond being able to figure out how to maneouvre it. I changed into my pyjamas because my upper body was overheated (sweater under a coat) while my legs were frozen (jeans and boots that come up just past my ankles). My ears are still recovering (I was wearing a hat, though). I’m glad I usually wear a scarf and gloves!

I was putting the kettle on for tea when my husband arrived with the Costco box and the toilet paper. His boots just come up to his ankles, so imagine how much fun he had.

The neighbours don’t have a snow flag, but the lovely man is currently clearing our drive with his backhoe. Again.

Last week I made them shortbread. The week before that, it was chocolate chip cookies. The time before that, gingerbread. What do I make them this week?

We are so putting up a snow fence next winter.

:) karalianne
about 1 year ago

(That summary of the drive etc. was written on Monday evening, hence the neighbour was doing the drive for us when I wrote it.)

:) MaryAnn
about 1 year ago

That trek up the driveway sounds awful.
I hope the snow fence prevents all that.
What to make them?
I know! RUM BALLS! :-D

:) Bridget
about 1 year ago

What a challenge!
Was there a crust of ice on top of the snow?
Yay the toilet paper made it.

:) Bridget
about 1 year ago

If we lived closer I would lend you our tractor cookie cutter. Tractor cookies would be nice for the neighbors.
http://www.thecookiecuttershop.com/vehicle/vehicle7.shtml
Ours is from an Old MacDonald’s farm set.

:) EvaC
about 1 year ago

Whoof, what a job to get in the house!

:) SusanT
about 1 year ago

Sounds like an arduous task to get everything into the house. Good on you for getting through.

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Sunday March, 10th for 55 points, following 100% of her 4 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Sunday:

Church (we were on time!) followed by an attempt to see a movie, but it was already gone from the theatre. We looked at a non-iPod touchscreen mp3 player (basically these things are mini tablets) but didn’t buy it as we want to get a good one and don’t want to spend too much. Long story but I need to not be dependent on Apple anymore as the customer service sucks.

Stopped at the neighbours’ on the way home to give them the shortbread I made on Friday and had a nice chat but didn’t stay ages this time. Returned home and had a nice lazy afternoon.

:) Bridget
about 1 year ago

another lovely day

about 1 year ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Saturday March, 9th for 31 points, following 75% of her 4 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Her public review of the day was…

Saturday:

Took meds to hopefully curb chattiness during writing meet. Wasn’t sure they were working as I then talked my husband’s ear off for about 20 minutes, but went to the meet and was able to focus really well on my projects. Got some editing done, wrote some blog posts, wrote the first draft of a picture book, and wrote some music (I’m writing a Mass; all the other composers are doing it, after all).

:) MaryAnn
about 1 year ago

Wow! Writing a Mass, eh?
Well, why not. All the other composers are doing it. :-)

:) karalianne
about 1 year ago

LOL Mary Ann

When I’m done the Kyrie Eleison I’ll make a recording of the computer playing it and post a link so you all can listen. It’s in English, and I’ll post the words so you can try to guess where the words go. ;)

:) Bridget
about 1 year ago

I look forward to listening.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 year ago

Me too.
And when you’re a really famous (let’s say, more famous) composer of liturgical music, I’ll tell everybody that I knew you when you were still writing your first Mass.

about 1 year ago