Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Hyacinth

My snowbells didn't come up this year, but at least my neighbors are having better luck. I spotted these on a walk this weekend :)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Pedometer Challenge

Happy Easter! I hope you enjoyed the day :) We were even visited by two of the Easter Bunny's friends:
Do you guys outside the US have an Easter Bunny too? You know, a bunny that breaks into your house to leave children a basket full of chocolate and candy and hide plastic eggs around your home/yard. (Even as a kid, I thought the idea of the Easter Bunny was just plain weird. I mean, rabbits don't lay eggs. Where did the Easter Bunny get them from?!)

And now onto my post, which is completely unrelated to Easter (or at least I couldn't think of any good segues . . ).

My work is trying to encourage employees to exercise regularly by hosting a Pedometer Challenge (I say it like the Cash Cab host says "Red Light Challenge!" - as seen at about 3:17 in that video). Basically, you're given a pedometer to track your steps daily for about 5 weeks. For people who don't do much walking, but participate in other activities, we're allowed to use this chart to convert other stuff (like my yoga class) to steps. People who increase their average number of steps per day (total number of steps for the week ÷ 7) every week are entered for a chance to win a Fitbit (a fancy activity tracker). This idea reminded me of Sarah's +1 Walking Challenge back in December (which really helped me walk more this winter) so I signed up! 

Mr. G is a pedometer challenge pro because his work hosted one last summer, so he and I are having a mini competition between ourselves. He gets $50 to spend at his favorite store if he wins, or I get $50 toward a nice dinner out if I'm the champion. :)  

So we tracked our steps last week to set a baseline. He averaged steps per 6248 per day, and I averaged 6940. My goal for work next week is 8328 average daily steps. Feel free to play along and track your steps, minutes, handstands, etc. :)

I'll post an update in about two weeks! Do competitions/challenges help motivate you?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Celebration Time

Mr. G and I celebrated last night because I turned in the final project for my masters :) Now I just have to wait for my grade (eek!). He had Bailey's + whipped cream and I enjoyed vodka + carrot juice. Yum!

I'm also treating myself by ordering this dress tomorrow :) Thank you again for all your kind words and encouragement - it was wonderful to have so many people rooting for me!

Have you done any celebrating lately?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Turtle Tango

As I was driving home from work last week, I saw something weird in the road. At the last second (as I was about to pass it), I realized it was an upside down turtle.

So I pulled over and ran out to pick it up. Since I didn't know which side of the road the turtle wanted to be on (and I didn't want him to have to brave another crossing if I picked the wrong side), I took him with me. He rode home on my lunch box lid.

And met Dottie. Clearly the highlight of this turtle's year.

Then I took the turtle outside and put him by the body of water (is it a pond? is it a swamp?) behind my house. He thought about it for a minute, then charged in and disappeared below the water. Awesome!

Have you had any recent encounters with the wild ones?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Signs of Spring

The market had local asparagus this weekend and that made me pretty cheery.
But then I saw the chicks . . and got really cheery.

Squee! So adorable! :)

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