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Optimism

July 18, 2016

 

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These last couple of weeks have pretty much sucked. Sure, there have been good moments in the last several days, but my general optimistic mood has been tough for me to maintain.

Update

My back is no longer having any spasms, but it is still really sore in the same area. I went to the chiropractor 4 times last week, and he really did help stretch out the area where the spasm was. When I went to the doctor’s office last week, they prescribed a muscle relaxer and suggested that I come back if it was still bothering me after 10 days or so. They discussed lab work to make sure there isn’t an issue with my kidneys or any other problem that may be revealed with lab work. The chiropractor also said that the area that is sore is where my kidneys are and that a trip back to the doctor was a good idea if I was still having problems today. I’ll call today.

I haven’t taken a walk or been to a Yoga class in over 12 days now, and my mood is reflecting that.

I wasn’t even going to blog about this topic specifically, until I had all of the answers, but it is consuming my thoughts and I am struggling to focus on anything else right now, so here I go.

I will be brief. I can’t share a lot, and I’m not one to keep much to myself, so being brief is going to drive me nutzo!!

Six weeks ago, I interviewed for a job that I feel very passionate about, and feel very qualified for. The interview went great, and I thought that I had the job.

Last week, on the same day that my back went all crazy, I received an email saying that I did not get the job.

After making a few phone calls and sending an email, I think that I have an opportunity for a second interview.

You can be certain that I will keep you posted.

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Between the back pain, the inability to do any exercise for so many days, the halt to the Whole30, not making it to my last two WW meetings, the email about the job, and the constant flow of bad news on TV, I am not myself at all.

That being said, I’m filling my head with positive thoughts this morning and filling my day with a long “to do” list to keep myself busy.

Whole30

July was a great month for us to do the Whole30 because our social calendar was fairly light and we have a few things planned in August that would make it difficult. We’ve decided to continue on now and do a Whole15 starting today. Better to do 15 days than skipping it all together, right? I will also be counting Weight Watcher SmartPoints.

Exercise

My plan is to walk 2 miles today and do some light stretching. I really don’t want to send my back into any spasms, so I’ll just go slow.

Okay, I’ve got a “To Do List” to attack with a vengeance!

 

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Good Morning

July 14, 2016

This has not been the best last few days and I really miss my daily routine. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’ve had a muscle spasm in my back for several days. Each time the muscle spasms, it only last about 3 or 4 seconds, but on a scale of 1-10 in the pain department, I give it a 10. It’s intense! I think that back pain is the worst. It’s such a debilitating feeling. 

Thursday – Muscle spasms start while getting dressed and continue throughout the day. Ice and Advil.

Friday – Spasms all day. Iced 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off and as much Advil as allowed.

Saturday – Chiropractor. He told me that I had a dislocated rib. He relocated it. It wasn’t fun. Spasms. Ice and Advil.

Sunday – The absolute worst day of all. Spasm every 20 minutes or so. More ice and Advil.

Monday – The hubs took me to the doctor and I went home with a muscle relaxer. Still spasms. Ice, Advil and Muscle Relaxer.

Tuesday – Chiropractor. He spent 30 minutes stretching my whole body. Ice, Less spasms. Advil and Muscle Relaxer.

Wednesday – Chiropractor. More stretching, drugs and ice. By the evening,  I was having no spasms, only feeling sore.

Today – I got out of bed and my back went into a spasm very first thing.

I’m sitting on ice now and hoping that was the only spasm for the day.

Most of what I’ve read over the last few days, (and I’ve read a lot) says that you can avoid back pain by keeping a strong core and keeping hydrated. I feel like I have a fairly strong core through Yoga, and I drink a ton of water! The chiropractor said that he has strong healthy clients all the time with back issues, so maybe no matter what, some people are just prone to back issues? It stinks.

The slightest movement in my right arm was triggering a spasm, so I avoided blogging, but we have been eating mostly Whole30 foods, veggies, chicken, chicken sausages, eggs and avocado’s. I’ve realized how much of a lifestyle whole foods have become for us. We’ve had a few take out meals, but kept them to meat and veggies as much as possible. 

One night, Chicken Fajita’s, no beans, no rice.

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Another night. Skewers with Chicken, Pineapple, Bell Pepper, Zucchini and New Potatoes.

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And another night. Grilled Chicken, Grilled Asparagus and Sweet Potato Rounds.

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Another night we grilled these. These are also good diced up with veggies and eggs for breakfast. I bought these last week at Whole Foods along with a couple of other flavors. These were 3 Smartpoints each. These are Whole30 Compliant and really good.

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Last night. BLT’s on White Sweet Potato Buns.

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The hubs has been loading and unloading the dishwasher and it’s been weird. I don’t think he even knew we had a dishwasher! It should be fun looking for things when I get back in the kitchen. All kidding aside, he’s been great about keeping my spirits up and has been a real trooper.

Looking forward to some normalcy coming back over the next two days. Hopefully we can restart our Whole30 on Monday?

Thanks so much for your comments on the blog, emails and text. You guys are awesome!

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Time Out

July 11, 2016

We’ve had to take a little Time Out from the Whole30, and it really stinks.

Thursday morning, I was stepping into a pair of pants when my back cramped up. Not lower back stuff, but right in the middle of my back, on the right side. It feels like there is a knot the size of a grapefruit and it has continued to seize up/cramp/contract since then.

After some coaxing from my girlfriends on Friday, I went to see the chiropractor on Saturday morning.

Going to the chiropractor scares the living daylights out of me, and after an exam, he told me that I had a rib out of place, which freaked me out. He put my rib back where it is supposed to be, he gave me an all over adjustment, which I despise, and he told me to ice on, ice off every 20 minutes for the next few days. He told me to do nothing but rest for the next few days and come back on Tuesday. He told me that I would likely feel worse before I felt better, which I do.

Yesterday was the worst. Every time that I stood, sat, turned my head or moved my arms, my back cramped up. On a scale of 1-10, I give the cramps a 10. They only last about 5 seconds each time they occur, but they happened all day yesterday. It made me want to sit all day, and not risk moving. I drank a lot of water to keep hydrated, which kept me going to the bathroom all day. Going through the motions of getting to the bathroom brought on five to six cramps per potty break!

Thursday and Friday, I had enough food prepared that we ate Whole30, but at the end of Friday night, I drank some wine to see if it might help things relax. It did.

Saturday and Sunday, we ate as close to Whole30 as possible for breakfast and lunch, and Mike got us take out for dinner. I still had some wine in hopes of some relief.

We’ll get back at it as soon as cooking is an option.

Back issues suck!

We have watched a LOT of movies and I’m almost finished with Season One of Shameless on Netflix, which is a bit dark and weird, but I’m hooked.

I hope to be back in a few days! 

Happy Monday and have a great week!

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Another Whole30, Day 1

July 6, 2016

Yesterday went really well and I swear I feel better already. It’s a mental thing. I’m aware.

I made breakfast for me and the hubs. He’s been working from home quite a bit lately, so no need to prep his breakfast the night before. Now we just eat breakfast together like a real couple! Every morning now feels like Sunday.

My planned one hour workout for the day? Mow and edge the lawn before it got too hot. That plan ended up being a 90 minute lawn mowing, edging and weed pulling session that had me overheated and dead! Egads it was HOT! Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

After my resurrection, and a cold shower, I met my mom for lunch at Panera. She walked in the door and said that she was too hot to eat. I wasn’t really hungry for lunch yet anyhow, nor had I decided what I would order. She had ice coffee, I had ice water.

After drinks with mom, I went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, where I bought a few of my Whole30 favorites along with these beautiful squash!

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I made myself a yummy salad for lunch while I was at Whole Foods.

After putting groceries away, I did a little food prep. I made Zoodles and baked a Spaghetti Squash.

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I opened up my Whole30 book and gave myself a little refresher course. It was good to not only remind myself of the things that I could not have, but it was a great reminder of all of the foods that I have CAN have! I forgot how many great recipes are in that book!

Here is what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast – 8 SP

Big Scramble with Egg Whites and one Egg, Pork Sausage and leftover Grilled Asparagus all topped with home grown tomatoes (not my home) and a few slices of Avocado.

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Lunch – 10 SP

I was starving by the time that I got to Whole Foods. It was about 2:30. I love that Salad Bar. All of the ingredients are listed, so I knew what I was eating. All of the food and spices in my salad are Whole30 compliant.

Ground Beef with lots and lots of veggies and a little guac.

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Seriously, I was starving.

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Dinner – 6 SP

Turkey Spaghetti over Spaghetti Squash and Zoodles with Nutritional Yeast.

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 8

Lunch = 10

Dinner = 6

Total = 24

 

Exercise = mowed the lawn

FitPoints Earned = 4?

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 110+

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Why Whole30?

July 5, 2016

“Think of the Whole30 like pushing a “reset” button with your health, your habits and your relationship with food.”

The Whole30

You can read my Whole30 Recap from last year to get a better understanding of what Whole30 really is.

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In a very brief nutshell, the Whole30 is 30 days of eliminating several foods from your diet, and not snacking in between meals. After 30 days, you may reintroduce foods (one food group at a time) and determine if those foods cause you any problems, then decide if you want to reintroduce that food back into your diet permanently.

There are a lot of No’s on the Whole30. 

NO….Grains, Dairy, Sugar (real or artificial, this includes honey and maple syrup), Legumes, do not recreate Baked Goods or Treats from Whole30 approved foods (pancakes, ice cream made from frozen banana’s), NO Alcohol and NO snacking in between meals.

Why Whole30?

The first time that Mike and I did the Whole30 back in October, it was a bit overwhelming. Making your own mayonnaise, making your own salad dressing, making clarified butter, lots of chopping and dicing, constantly shopping, always cooking and doing a lot of dishes. Again….Why Whole30? After the first 10 days of the our first Whole30, I started to get into a routine, and it wasn’t so bad. I loved the way that I was feeling, and I liked the structure. Check out my Whole30 Recap.

During my first Whole30 experience, I realized that I was feeling more restful, more energetic, after about 10 days of no sugar, I had no sugar cravings, and mentally, I felt really good about the decisions that I was making in my diet.

I also notice a reduction in inflammation in my shoulder that has a partial rotator cuff tear and otator cuff tendinitis.

After completing our first Whole30, Mike and I have been eating a mostly (but certainly not 100%) Paleo diet. A Paleo diet is all of the food that you eat while doing the Whole30, but you can have baked goods made from Paleo (or Whole30 approved) foods, you can snack in between meals, you can add honey and maple syrup back to your diet. I’m likely forgetting a few things, but that’s the gist of it.

The Whole30 is not for everyone, and I realize that a lot of people do not like eliminating so many things from their diet. For me? The first time that I did it, it was more out of curiosity and it was a challenge. After realizing how good it made me feel, I knew that I would do it again.

I haven’t counted points in forever! I haven’t really followed any rules for myself for about the last two weeks. I like a routine and I like to track my food, so I’m mentally ready for this round of Whole30.

Yes, I admit, the most difficult part of doing the Whole30 for me, is the NO Alcohol. But…..I am getting much better at it, and I think my friends are used to it now. I am aware that some of them still roll their eyes though. I still think I’m funny sober, but I could be delusional. 

Here is what I ate yesterday, and here is to a Happy and Healthy 30 days!

I’m counting points starting tomorrow!

Breakfast 

I was chatting away with my niece and husband about our plans for the day, and forgot to take a picture! It was pretty too!

Un-Pictured Egg White Omelete filled with Pork Sausage and Potatoes with a side of Strawberries.

Lunch 

Big Salad. Chicken, Potatoes, Egg, Bacon, Walnuts, Dried Cherries and Vinaigrette, followed with a beer.

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Dinner – 10 SP

Chicken Apple Sausage, Sweet Potato Fries with homemade Avocado Mayo (from the Whole30 book), Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar and fresh Basil, Grilled Asparagus and a beer. 🙂

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

 

Exercise = Walked 40 minutes

FitPoints Earned = 4

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 60?? Need to get back to my water bottle!

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Happy July 4th!

July 4, 2016

It has taken me several days to even attempt any sort of a routine since coming back from my trip. Thursday, when I got home, the fridge was empty, and I never did make it to the grocery store. Mike and I went out for Mexican Food for dinner that night and we caught each other up on our week away from one another.

Friday morning I did go to my Weight Watcher meeting, but after indulging in Chips and Salsa and Beer the night before, I did not weigh in. I had plans for a round of Whole30 starting on Saturday, and I knew that my vacation weight would be off soon. Mike and I had no social plans for the Holiday Weekend, so starting the Whole30 on Saturday, July 2nd, didn’t seem like any big deal to me. Mike had suggested that we start the Whole30 on Tuesday, July 5th, in case some social outings came up over the weekend, but me? I said “Nah!”.

On Friday, I took my niece out to lunch for Taco’s. I ate the chips and salsa and more than my share of guac, along with two tacos and a beer. It was delicious, and I was getting in all of the yumminess that I could before Saturday.

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Friday night, Mike and I went out for Fajita’s with friends. Yep, more Mexican food. I could eat it almost everyday. We even splurged and shared this Margarita!

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Saturday, I made us a Whole30 breakfast of food that I actually found in our house. Eggs, Sweet Potatoes and Bacon. Breakfast was great and I was ready to do some serious grocery shopping and start the Whole30.

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I shopped, then made us a Whole30 lunch of Chicken Salad and crunchy veggies. All delicious.

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Shortly after lunch, we were invited to meet up with some friends at Top Golf. Have you ever been to a Top Golf? We went for the first time in Dallas, before we had one here in Kansas City. This place is awesome.

I stole this picture from the Top Golf site, but this is exactly what it looks like.

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Again, stolen picture. We played during the day, but we were up on the third level, and I think it’s the best!

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Each area has a waiter/waitress, and you just golf and eat and drink. It was chilly and rainy out, but it didn’t even matter, because it’s all covered and we had heaters above us. SO MUCH FUN!

My Stud.

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Me, hoping to just make contact.

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Me and Ash, with me just acting a fool.

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The Girls.

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We drank beers and ate Chips and Salsa.

It later dawned on me that for America’s Independence Day, I had not had one all American Hot Dog, or Hamburger, but I had eaten Mexican Food and Chips and Salsa for dayzzzzzzz. What the heck??

After golf, back to our house for a few games of pool and maybe a beer. 

Sunday, we actually ate really well. No Chips and Salsa at all!

Breakfast was Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs and Avocado.

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Dinner was my favorite Salad.

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Last night was a quiet night at home watching Netflix. If you have Netflix, I HIGHLY recommend watching the Paul Rudd movie, The Fundamentals of Caring. Such a Good Movie!! One of those “Feel Good Movies”.

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You guys, we are starting the Whole30 on Tuesday, July 5th. Sometimes, my husband has really good ideas.

Happy July 4th! Have fun and be safe!

 

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This post has taken me way longer to write than I had anticipated. I know that I have all sorts of typo’s and grammatically errors, but you guys forgive me, right?

Mike and I don’t  think that we have ever been apart for seven nights. I don’t think that either one of us realized just how much we would miss each other! Needless to say, these last couple of days have been really nice together and we’ve enjoyed our long weekend.

We had planned to start the Whole30 as soon as I came home, and after a failed day one, we’ve decided to start the Whole30 on Tuesday, July 5th. We’ve discussed doing the Whole30 about every three months or so, just to get back to the healthy basics, and I think this sounds like a good plan.

Okay, that’s my mini version of what’s been going on here for the last two days.

My Trip!

On my seven day adventure, I traveled by shuttle, plane, cab, train, ferry, uber and a rental car. I think that I covered a pretty good amount of transportation options. I spent two nights in an Airbnb in the city of Boston, four nights in a cabin in the woods in New Hampshire, and my last night at a Marriott by the airport in Boston. I came home on Thursday and I was really happy to be in my own bed.

I walked, (a LOT!), I kayaked a few times on a beautiful pond and I hiked in the woods.

I spent quite a bit of time alone, forced to figure things out by myself, and I was able to spend some quality time with my niece.

My entire trip was planned around visiting my niece that lives in Pittsfield, New Hampshire and works at Greylag Cabins. She is always on an adventure and I’ve always admired her eagerness to see the country and take off on her own.

While I didn’t do anything even close to some of the things that she has done alone, I liked the idea of traveling alone and figuring out where to go and the best way to get there. I did take a few wrong turns, didn’t plan well for a few things, but I figured it all out and my trip was great.

I tried to make this post short, but it has been impossible and has taken me three days to write! Feel free to skip over whatever bores you.

Thursday

Arrived in Boston. hailed a cab and headed to the neighborhood of Brookline where I planned to spend the next three nights at an Airbnb. I arrived in Boston earlier in the day than I had planned, and my hostess wasn’t home, but she did give me some great advice on a little cafe a few blocks from her house. I had the cabbie drop me off there where I worked my way to a table in the corner, along with all of my luggage. The cafe only had about six tables, so it was cozy and tiny.

After an omelet and a coffee, I walked a few blocks to the house where I would be staying. I rested here for a bit, then went out to explore the little neighborhood.

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I put on my walking shoes and grabbed my back pack and headed out the door. I walked 6 miles around a pond a few blocks away, then I found a little market, a liquor store, a coffee shop and a Pizzeria, where I would end up ordering a Greek Salad for dinner to take back to the house. I bought a bottle of wine at the liquor store and tucked it into my backpack. I was feeling very settled.

Friday

I was up early, made coffee and breakfast at the airbnb, dressed and was out the door by 9:00 am to walk to the train station. I planned to spend my day walking around downtown Boston.

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I decided to walk the Freedom Trail.

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It seemed like one of the easiest ways to see some of the highlights of Boston. You just follow the red bricks!

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You do have to pay attention and watch for turns. Yes, sometimes I had to back track. lol. The people watching was really good too, yet a bit of a distraction from my Freedom Trail!

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Here are just a few pics of the things that I saw along the Freedom Trail.

Our son proposed to his wife at the top of this Clock Tower!

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People everywhere!

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I stopped along here for a brewski.

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Lots of bricks and stones. Loved it!

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Look at the cute little Fire House.

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This Catholic church was gorgeous. I lit a candle and said a prayer, right after I had charged my phone and finished my wine.

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Everything was story book pretty!

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It’s Paul Revere!

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The end of the Freedom Trail. It was a long day. I felt like I had walked about 8 miles, but I think that it was just under 3?

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Joe, the ice cream man that I encountered towards the end of the trail, let me know that I could save myself a few steps by taking the ferry to a different train station to get back to my Airbnb. Joe was awesome and so was my ferry ride!

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I loved spending the day in Boston, but I was really excited to see my niece, so I left Boston a day early

Saturday

I woke up early, packed my bags, called an Uber, and found a place to rent a car. Thank goodness for Google maps, because after two hours of driving and lots of turns and curves in the woods, I found my niece, driving this Gator!

She led me to my cabin.

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Do you guys think there are any ants or spiders in this cabin?

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It didn’t matter. Look at my kitchen. Cute, huh?

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How sweet is this? A little welcome letter!

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My view out the front door.

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Out my kitchen window.

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My bedroom for the first two nights. I killed a huge spider, then was afraid to sleep in there! Not kidding!

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I slept in the living room the last two nights on this very cozy futon with the lamp ON! I was certain no spiders would get me if I left the lights on and avoided the bedroom! Loser…..

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Each morning, I made coffee and looked out this window onto Wild Goose Pond. I loved this little corner.

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What a view!

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I got settled in, then we went to check out the tiny cabin, where my niece lives. No running water, no electricity! She loves it!

I think the house is 11’x14′? They are in the middle of building her a deck!

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I’m lying in her bed in the loft.

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She stores her clothes in these cute little chest.

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How cute is this?

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So organized too!

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After a tour of the property, we grocery shopped. Just like home.

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Sunday

Carla had a few guest to attend to at the cabins, so I was on my own on Sunday.

I made breakfast, then headed out to walk the property. Look at the cute flowers she had picked for me!

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I found several spots to stop and drink my coffee.

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There were a few families playing in the water early, but they were checking out at 11:00. These kids were having a blast!

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I hung out at the beach area in the afternoon, after everyone else had checked out.

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I took this little red kayak out for my first kayak experience, and loved it!

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I chilled on the little dock for a bit and read.

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Look at how glassy that water is. Not a person in site!

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There is something for everyone here if you love the great outdoors.

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Have you ever seen an outhouse this adorable? I have not!

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Check out the cute little beach area…..

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Coffee on the dock was nice too.

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I enjoyed a short hike….with a beer.

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I was looking forward to cooking dinner for Carla. I took a couple of chairs out to the porch and had dinner ready when she got off work for the evening. She said that she loved having me cook for her, and I loved playing house in my little cabin!

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Dinner for two! 

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We sipped on a few beers after dinner and got all caught up on life. She spent the night with me at my cabin, and admitted it was nice to have some running water and a hot shower. lol

Monday

Carla got Monday and Tuesday off, and I was so excited to spend the next two days together. 

You know I had to make breakfast! Big Scramble with fresh tomatoes!

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After breakfast, we headed in to Portsmouth. This little town was so darned cute! I wanna go back!

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After a fun afternoon of strolling the streets and a nice lunch, we headed back to the cabin.

Carla built us a great fire at the large fire pit area offered to the guest. Since everyone had checked out, we had the whole area to ourselves. We sipped on wine and chatted forever. We ended going to bed at 3:00 a.m.!

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Tuesday

After another yummy breakfast and coffee, we went for a hike in the woods. This is on the Blue Trail. All of the trails were marked really well, but I had no desire to hike them alone!

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I love this picture!

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On to the Red Trail.

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After our hike, we decided to kayak together.

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It was a cool and cloudy morning, and the water was so calm and peaceful.

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After an active morning, we got in the car and drove to Rye Harbor, where we discovered that a whale had washed up on the shore.

This 18 year old female whale, named Snow Plow, had washed up on the shore a few days earlier. A local man told us that Marine scientists were trying to determine the cause of death and it was reported that a necropsy would be necessary to determine the cause of death for sure. That was scheduled for the following day.

Apparently, her mom was swimming nearby looking for her. I did learn that a hump back whale can live to be 60 years old and older, and that  they can grow up to 60-70 feet in length. It was sad, but interesting too.

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After saying good bye to Snow Plow, we found a spot for dinner. Here, I had my first Lobster Roll.

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And maybe a glass of wine…..

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It was a great last night with my niece and I really wanted to extend my stay.

Wednesday

I packed up, said a bittersweet good bye, and was back in my rental car for my two hour drive back to Boston. I took my time and drove through several cute little towns on the way back to Boston. It was my goal to visit Harvard and walk around the campus, but by the time I got back to Boston, it was later than I had planned, and I could not find a spot to park on the campus. I decided to give myself a little driving tour, and then headed towards the car rental return. I returned my car and hopped on a shuttle to my hotel, where I checked in and took a short nap.

Then I was off to find another Lobster Roll.

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I sat here for the longest time watching the boats and the planes. It was a great place to spend my last evening of my vacation.

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Thursday

I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and was at the airport by 4:30 a.m. Flying Stand By could not have gone any smoother. I could not be more appreciative of my daughters job with Southwest that allows me to fly for free! I was home by 10:00 a.m. and could not wait to sleep in my own bed Thursday night.

If you haven’t traveled alone, I highly recommend it, simply for the challenge of having to figure things out on your own. You might actually learn a little bit about yourself along the way.

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”