Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dive Instructor here I come!

I joined the LSU Recreational Center today and finally have a place to swim regularly again, which means I can start preparing for my timed swims and water skills tests for dive instructor! It’s a good price for alumni, it’s about 2 miles from my precinct, and a great facility! Besides swimming they have every machine imaginable and even a rock-climbing area. I can go straight after work before going home or to extra duty and I was able to get a locker for the year so I don’t even have to tote all my stuff back and forth every day. Woohoo!

This should help with the “getting in shape” efforts as well. When I was doing all the water work for my divemaster certification I lost about 25 pounds so I’m excited about eating regular food again. That Medifast is effective but nothing like eating decent food and exercising regularly. By the way, if you want to treat yourself to Taco Bell, stay away from the combo burrito. It’s 1/2 pound and 470 calories! Made that mistake today. If I’d just stuck to my regular order of a beef meximelt and a taco supreme I’d have gotten outta there with about 470 kcal for both, but with all three it was almost 1,000 calories! Holy cow, I try to stay around 1200-1400 for the whole day! Ouch…

It’s SCUBA Season!

I took today off and helped with class at Seven Seas Dive Store. Although I’ve been a NAUI Divemaster since 1997, I haven’t been diving much in the last couple of years. I was out all year in 2011 due to my shoulder surgery. I had a blast in the pool today. The students were great and had a good time. And of course my Seven Seas family took me back into the fold like I hadn’t missed a day! My friends the Cohagens and Dawseys are the best and I have really missed spending time with them. It’s great to be back! And I’m “jumping in with both feet” with several excursions already planned. Next week it’s off to Panama City to get certified to teach Dan O2 classes on Friday, my first instructor certification. Then Saturday and Sunday we’ll be certifying students diving at the jetties. Then in July we will be in the Keys and Universal Studios for ten days. Right after that, it’s back to Panama City for some scallop hunting. Then, in April of 2013 we are going back to Bonaire with a possible trip to Cozumel in October! I’m also going to finally go for my SCUBA instructor certification. It’s going to be a great year for diving!


Just Wednesday

So the first night on the mattress was uneventful. It was comfortable but I still woke up with an aching back. I’ve been told by several people that it takes a few days to a couple of weeks to get used to it. I guess if you’re not used to sleeping in alignment then there are some adjustments. I got a little warm, which I heard was an issue. But I often get hot during the night and I don’t know that last night was any different than usual. The jury is still out but I’m hoping that I will come to love it as much as many of my friends say that they love theirs!

I went to Daisy’s quilt store today with the intention of sewing on a baby quilt for a friend. But, when we got there, Daisy had begun rearranging some stuff and before we knew it, the whole back of the store was in total disarray! We spent the day helping her move fabric, organizing her “stash” and just some general tidying up. I had to leave to get to work on time so I didn’t get to see the final product. But since my fabric came in for another quilt in line, I may have to go back tomorrow!

I finally bought the Golden Kite pattern “High Anxiety”. It is a HUGE underwater scene, complete with a killer whale and sunken ship. You can see a picture of it here. I have been looking at this pattern for many years and I finally just got it. There are 199 different colors! About 120 of those are solid DMC colors. The rest are 1 thread from each of two different colors. It’s going to be a big undertaking but I’m excited! I got thread cards, all my threads, and a double-sided box to keep them in. That’s what I’m doing while working extra duty from 1700-midnight, wrapping thread and labeling.

The Medifast plan isn’t working out so well. I gave it a good try, but it is HIGHLY restrictive, like 850 calories daily and no exercise allowed. So I’ve decided to use the Medifast meals I’ve already bought as snacks and eat some regular meals along with them. They taste pretty good for the most part and eating five of them a day gives me 100% of all the main vitamins and calcium. I’m walking most every day and want to start adding some weight training as well. I thought long and hard about why I actually want to lose weight. I don’t want to be a model, I just want things to be a little easier to do, like playing softball, diving, etc. It’s made it easier to behave without being ridiculous.

I can finally get back into diving again! I couldn’t dive all year in 2011 due to my shoulder surgery. I’m helping with a class this weekend, going to the Keys in July, and going to Bonaire next Easter! I’m very excited as I really love diving and I have missed it and my diving buddies! I’ve got a lot to do between now and the July trip. My gear needs servicing, I need to re-certify in first aid and CPR, and I have to replace my underwater camera that got flooded last time I went diving.

Wow, two posts in a week!


So I said I was going to try to blog regularly again and here it is five months later! I have taken pics of all of the Christmas 2011 quilts, now to find the time to post them somewhere and link it to here! I’ve made three more since then with another three cut out and ready to sew. I’ve been to a couple of stitching retreats in town, one with Pat Wys in Panama City, and a small quilt show in Pensacola. I’ve burned out a little on quilting right now and I plan to start stitching again.

Our LNS closed in December and it was a sad affair. We still do Tuesday night stitching, every other Tuesday at the library. It just isn’t the same and some of our crew have yet to appear. I have so many projects that I have started that I want to finish cuz I have so many more that I want to start! I’m sooooo ready to retire and spend my whole day doing exactly as I please! Only 6 years and three weeks max, and if things continue as they are now at work that may be down to five years in short order! I’m trying to hang in there for the most benefit possible but it’s harder and harder every passing day.

I’ve been on a country music kick since last summer’s trip to the beach with my sister, BIL, and nephew. I listened to country music for years but got away from it for awhile. I really like the 70’s music but I get tired of the same thing all the time with nothing new.

I started on the Medifast “Take Shape for Life” plan on Wednesday, April 11th. I’m down five pounds so far. Yesterday I just freaked out after several really good days and ate two boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Yes, I said two BOXES! Oh well, I’m back on plan today and feeling good about it. I’m going diving in July in Florida and trying my best to be down 20 pounds by then. It’s my first dive trip in over two years and I’m really looking forward to it!

I finally bit the bullet and bought a Tempur-Pedic mattress set today! I have been wanting one for over 12 years and I can’t wait to get it. It should be delivered on Tuesday. The plan says that good restful sleep is a very important part of living healthy and I just haven’t slept really well in years. I’m hoping the new mattress will help!

In closing I would say that I will try to be more consistent in my blogging but I’m afraid that idea lives with others in the dreams of my mind…