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Day 853 - Weekend visitors

Friday, March 31, 2017

A friend commented that I hadn't posted for a while. I tried a couple times but just couldn't make the words hang together. I guess that's what happens when I have to write so much for my schoolwork. I've just used up all the words and phrases for the day, and there's nothing left...

I've got one class this semester that is kicking my butt. No textbook, but I have to read 4-5 articles a week, answer a bunch of questions from the instructor with discussion board posts, and reply to my other student's comments as well. A minimum of 10 "substantive" posts must be submitted each week. It's a lot of reading and writing. I have three papers to write about a specific speech (I chose the keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention by Mario Cuomo) and then a final paper that is 15-30 pages and is a detailed criticism of the work (the first three papers are text analysis, history, and critical method). In addition to the final I have to make a video presentation on the paper and upload it to Youtube for the rest of the class to view. I'm absolutely terrified about the amount of work for this one course, which is more than all the other classes I've taken, combined.

This weekend my BFF from the 5th grade is coming for a visit. She and her husband live in Michigan, not far from where we all grew up. We've been friends for 50 years, and this weekend is going to be a really fun get-together with them. I'm super excited. There's a long story about our friendship that I'll have to share sometime.

In just a month I will be at two years of maintenance. I will admit that the last few months have been tough. Working full time plus going to grad school means that sometimes my workouts aren't as long or intense as they should be. I also reach for convenience too often with food choices because there is little time for meal planning and preparing. One thing that has worked really well for me is to cook dried beans in the pressure cooker with some leftover meat, plus some frozen kale and sliced carrots. I make enough soup for an entire week's worth of lunches, and it's both easy and healthy. I buy the beans in bulk from my favorite grocery store and keep them in quart-size mason jars in the pantry. I never have to worry about reaching my fiber targets!

Speaking of fiber, here's a video that will give you a chuckle (and a song to be stuck in your head for the day):

Have a great jet-propelled day!
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    I enjoy your blogs!
    1338 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    I never did congratulate you in the big 2, but that's what happens when I indulge in navel gazing. Thanks to you, I'm still here, blogging, stumbling, and dancing .
    1340 days ago
    Steve you ALWAYS amaze me with your dedication and your zest for life! You are always striving for the next goal and you stick to it through thick and thin! I'm SO proud of you!!

    That is a GREAT way to be sure you are getting good nutrition with your soups. I LOVE soup...I always have containers frozen in the freezer and I'll eat soup for breakfast if I'm in a pinch...I don't eat by the clock I eat by convience. DH would be mortified if he didn't have breakfast for breakfast...and he even has this silly cut-off hour in his head about when breakfast staples MUST end and lunch staples kick in.

    Oh well...to each their own.

    That video is hilarious...somewhere I've seen it before..I think recommended by a sparkster.

    Take time for YOU! That class seems daunting but if anyone can do it YOU can my smart friend! emoticon emoticon
    1391 days ago
    So, by now you should be at about 2 years, right?? Congratulations, and thanks for all the kind comments. Sending you lots of love, and hugs as well. Dawn
    1403 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    I had one grad course that ran from 6 pm to 11, and assignments were odd case studies. It ran Monday to Friday for a full summer. I just went on automatic, and my final paper was an Ace ...it was the right kind of stress somehow. You will do it.
    1415 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Your course load is brutal. That one in particular ( no text book ) is the worst but you will get through it. And the beans ? I do that as well. Your weekend sounds great
    1415 days ago
    Yikes! That IS a lot of course work! (I am back in school after 14 years and am shocked at how much course work is required per class. This, while holding down a full-time job and family life....ah, to be 20-something instead of 50-something,again.) I'm sure you will do well with the tasks before you, as you are bright and capable. Stay organized and plan well. Enjoy your fun time visiting with your dear, old friend. Life is good.
    1422 days ago
    Thank you all!
    1423 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing well even if it is difficult!

    Enjoy the visit with your BFF!
    1426 days ago
    Here's to you doing what you need to do to continue on your journey to being the healthiest you can be!
    1427 days ago
    1427 days ago
    I love the sound of your soup, Steve! No wonder you have no words left to share, with all that stuff to be processed - well done on the maintenance front - some periods are just better than others - the main trick is not to get too worried when things are less than perfect! That is life..... Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your visitors and really enjoy yourselves! Hugs!
    1428 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Love it!!!! emoticon
    1428 days ago
    Wow- that is a LOT of work! Congrats on 2 years of maintenance, that is a wonderful accomplishment, tho I think maintaining in the face of so many intellectual and time demands is a much bigger deal. Hope you have a wonderful time with your BFF, that sounds like it will be a welcome break and lots of fun catching up. And OMG, how in the world did you run across that video?!! I laughed a lot watching it. Everyone always acts innocent, even dogs!!
    Keep breathing, keep believing, you are making it happen! emoticon
    1428 days ago
    Sending lots of good thoughts about your writing class, you can/will do this.

    Have fun with your BFF visit, what a wonderful history ... to be able to talk to someone "that far back into your past."

    AND your 2 years of maintenance .. WOW.. what a great statement to be able to make , that is just so wonderful... just like you:)

    ENJOY all you have accomplished Steve, BRAVO !!!!! Love & HUGS, Pat

    1428 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Oh Steve, I know how you feel about those papers. In one of my four-hour classes I had to write 23 papers in one semester. I almost quit college because of that. The presentation alone was worth 50% of my grade. I feel your stress.
    You can do this!
    Your friends from Michigan are leaving sleet, high winds and cold, overcast skies. Embrace them with sunshine!
    1428 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Take several deep breaths and enjoy the weekend!

    1429 days ago
    I'm glad to hear from you, Steve!
    Sounds like a super challenging period,
    but you are doing great for yourself.
    The pressure cooker dish sounds delicious and packed with nutrients.
    1429 days ago
    I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing β—οΈπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™ƒ
    1429 days ago
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