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Monday, November 03, 2014

Hey hey, Spark Peeps; how's every little thing?

I've been drafting a blog in my brain for roughly three weeks and finally decided to let it out. There's some news to share and a few call-outs to make, so bear with me.

ETA: Let's open with a Shadow (aka Moose) shot!

My paper - comparing the logistics and supply chains for biomass - was well received by the reviewers (see previous blog); no changes requested! My co-author and I successfully presented our work at the ASEM conference last month. We were asked to reformat our papers and submit them to the Engineering Management Journal. It's not a big deal to me - really! - but my co-author would like to land a tenure track position someday; back to writing!

Here are two shots from the hotel:

My husband successfully found another teaching spot, so he's an adjunct professor at two schools now; Metropolitan State University and University of Minnesota-Crookston. Fortunately they are both online, as the commute to Crookston would be a bear! emoticon

I started working with a personal trainer in June? July? I made the decision to do this because what I was doing wasn't working. 'Trainer Joel' and I have met once a week since then (with some time off for his vacation and my conference) for strength training. The goal is to do ST 3x a week, though it's more like 5x over two weeks. I'm losing inches, even though the scale isn't budging, which is OK for now.

If I let go of the beer cans, I'm fairly certainly the pounds would fall off. I know my shortcomings. emoticon

My current work assignment is wrapping up this month, which is a good thing. I'm ready for something new.

The Hubster and I are [certifiably insane] considering a trip to see our parental units around year-end. I'm not terribly excited about this and will try not to stress too much about it. Let's just say that 700 miles between us is a luxury. emoticon
(I just like that frog, no relevance otherwise.)

As for the call-outs, in no particular order:
PCOH051610 - You really are a terrific gal. I hope that you are feeling your best very soon.

DOGLADY13 - I've missed you and it's so good to see you visiting SP again. I suspect that Lenny and 'Trainer Joel' are related, hee hee.

BOVEY63 - I truly hope that your worst days are behind you. You have amazing strength to have weathered so much!

JUNEPA - Your photos and stories are always so inspiring. Thank you for sharing them with us!

F8CONE8 - I am so happy that your fitness efforts are paying off. Everyone deserves to live a healthy life.

SHAKINGTHETREE, VALKYR8 and SOAPSANDROPES - You are bad@$$es on so many levels. When I grow up, I want to be fit and strong like you are!

Okies, folks, will be back later to share some photos!

ETA: I'm back - Go Lions (v. the Vikings at TCF Stadium)!!

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  • BOVEY63
    Gotta love Moose!
    Congrats on the wonderful reception you received on your paper and presentation, and great job on the workouts!
    Congrats to your hubster on the teaching spot. I have found the University of Minnesota a great place to work!

    Thanks for the shout out too. The past two weeks have been much better, and I am feeling much more optimistic.
    2417 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4516954
    GREAT PICS!! Thanks for letting ,e know so I could check them out, you always go to the coolest places!
    2417 days ago
    This is a fun blog. So glad you posted and got us all caught up on your amazing life.

    Congratulations on getting your paper published. This is a Big Deal. Woo Hoo!

    Good thing there's about 1400 miles between Lenny and Trainer Joe. Let's do our best to keep them apart. We're the ones who'll be hurt if they are able to plot and scheme.
    2417 days ago
    It's always fun to get updates and things sounds good in your world! (Except for that year-end trip . . . . . . are you sure????) emoticon

    Loved the photos and congrats on your accomplishments!
    2417 days ago
    I am honoured to be one of your call-outs, thanks

    I also love frogs

    Thanks also for your ever present comments and encouragement on my friend feeds and spark page blogs.

    I used a personal trainer over the last year, it was very helpful in solving some specific physical set-backs and in getting going again doing regular Strength Training.
    2418 days ago
    It looks like you will be called upon to share your knowledge for some time to come. Congratulations to both you and your hubby.

    I have always wondered about personal trainers. We don't have a lot here and I think I would be too old for them to do me much good but I wish my son would find one.

    My dad is only 70 plus miles away and I seldom see him. We used to offer to come see him but he always refuses and says he will come here but he never comes. We seldom see our son either. It's just me and hubby now.

    Loved the pictures. Especially the cat in charge at your place. LOL!
    2418 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4516954
    I feel you on the beer...my weakness too!
    2418 days ago
  • F8CONE8
    I am so glad to get this update. I am so impressed even if you aren't. Thanks for the shout out you have given me so much encouragement through the last year! emoticon emoticon

    Frogs emoticon are my fave people!
    2418 days ago
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