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Let’s try this again…Part 1

OK, so the doctor’s report was very favorable–my lungs are clear.  He gave me antibiotics and told me to keep doing all the stuff I was already doing.  :)  (Rest, drink lots of water, etc.)  I feel better already, and while my recovery may be mostly psychological, I’m still very happy about it.  I’m not exactly setting the world on fire, but I was able to stay on track with my exercise schedule, which means I earned this week’s sticker.  This was by no means a certainty, since I woke up feeling so gnarly yesterday morning that I immediately called the clinic to ask for an appointment and then spent much of the day smearing myself with Vicks and taking aspirin.  This was to be day 4 of the current exercise week, and I knew if I didn’t get it done, I wouldn’t get my sticker (I know, I know, it sounds silly), since I attend Weight Watchers on Wednesdays and so that’s how my tracker (food journal) is set up, Wednesday to Wednesday.  Also, I like to exercise in the morning, as early as possible.  In any case, once I returned from the doctor’s office, much cheered by the knowledge that I don’t have pnuemonia or bronchitis, it suddenly occurred to me that I could still make my 5 day quota.  So I jumped on the bike and it wasn’t difficult at all.  In no time, I had my 35 minutes in and I was back on target for that sticker.  This morning, I rode first thing–and happily pressed a little foil butterfly sticker on the appropriate page of my tracker. 

Now, for an account of my visit to Western Washington, earlier in the month.  (Here’s hoping the cyber gremlins behave themselves.)  I flew to Seattle on a Tuesday morning–the trip only takes about 40 minutes by plane, barely time enough to que up an audiobook on my iPod.  Once I’d retrieved my baggage, I hopped into a waiting car and headed for Port Orchard, which is approximately an hour from Seattle, when the traffic is light.  I was dropped off at Debbie Macomber’s just plain fabulous office, where there were hugs and cries of glee.  By then, it was time for lunch, so we headed for a favorite local Mexican eatery, where we’ve had many, many meals over the course of our long, long friendship.  I had my usual–1 chicken enchilada with rice and beans.  Debbie and I talked a mile a minute, and I had a chance to say a brief (at that point) hello to the Divine Miss M’s two beautiful daughters, Jodi and Adele.  More hugs and cries of glee.  Jodi and I were both sporting items of clothing purchased from QVC, so we compared notes.  :)

After the meal, Debbie and I drove to the elegant castle-type house Debbie shares with her husband, Wayne.  We dropped off my suitcase, chatted with Wayne for a little while, then zipped on over to Gig Harbor to–well–SHOP.  We found great stuff at Chico’s and J. Jill–and I was delighted to find myself needing smaller sizes than usual.  :)  That night, we enjoyed a quiet, simple and very delicious dinner back at Debbie and Wayne’s place, and called it a night, since we were going to hit the ground running in the morning.  (My guestroom was HUGE, with a lovely view of the water and the lights of Seattle in the distance.)  I slept like a rock.  At breakfast, I learned that Debbie had already been to the pool for her daily swim–she’s amazing.  We stopped by her office again, since she had some things to take care of, and I amused myself chatting with the staff and perusing a stack of catalogs on the break-room table. 



20 comments to “Let’s try this again…Part 1”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · December 16th, 2014 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Love reading about your travels. What an amazing friendship you two share; those are the special things in life.

  2. DONNA
      · December 16th, 2014 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Glad hear your feeling better. Sounds like you had a great visit with your old friend. it’s good to get away once in awhile – even if it’s not too far from home

  3. Tia
      · December 16th, 2014 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Glad you had a lovely visit. Hope you feel better soon and get all of the rest you need.
    Take care

  4. Risemary
      · December 16th, 2014 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Thanks it makes us feel like we were participants!

  5. Ruby Norwood
      · December 16th, 2014 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  6. Virginia H
      · December 16th, 2014 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I am so glad you a feeling a little better and that you had a great time on your trip. I am trying to get ready for Christmas here and its been very busy.

  7. Susan Lee
      · December 16th, 2014 at 5:03 pm · Link

    I love Debbie maccomber’s books so this is very interesting hearing about your friendship with her and the fun you had together.

  8. jennifer warren
      · December 16th, 2014 at 5:17 pm · Link

    I’m glad your feeling better. I have also read all of Debbie’s books.

  9. Lois Rotella
      · December 16th, 2014 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Sounds like the visit was lots of fun and lots of talk with friends,

  10. Cece
      · December 16th, 2014 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Sounds like a good time was had by all! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself.

  11. Leanna
      · December 16th, 2014 at 6:30 pm · Link

    You sound like you had A LOT of fun. I’m jealous.

  12. Millie Swank
      · December 16th, 2014 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Sound like you had a lovely time. Keep up the good work for diet and excise!

  13. Terri Shortell
      · December 16th, 2014 at 10:23 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling a little better and were able to keep up with your exercise plan. So happy you got to reward yourself with a sticker. Take care of yourself and try not to overdo things. Hope the gremlins have finally left. Lol

  14. carole
      · December 16th, 2014 at 11:09 pm · Link

    Hi! sounds like you had a lot of fun with Debbie! So glad your lungs are clear and back doing your biking! Have a Merry Christmas!

  15. Roberta Giordano
      · December 17th, 2014 at 12:24 am · Link

    So glad your feeling better. Sounds like you had a fun week. Wish I could be as dedicated as you when it comes to exercise.

  16. judy
      · December 17th, 2014 at 9:25 am · Link

    So glad you are feeling better. Sound like you are having a nice time. :-P

  17. Dixie Hadley
      · December 17th, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Link

    WOW. first of all I’m so glad that you do not have pneumonia or bronchitis. Although the flu is bad enough to make one feel as if it has to be something terribly wrong.
    Your trip and visit with Debbie sounds like a wonderful gift to yourself–time spent with a close girlfriend ,doing fun girl things. Happy for you and such determination regarding the weight loss process. You go girl :wink:

  18. mary D. Wornick
      · December 18th, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Nice to hear you had a wonderful time visiting with Debbie and all of your other book friends and friends as well. It is so much fun getting together with old friends and talking about things that has been happening through out the year. So glad your feeling much better and not under the weather any more. I think i am talking about your first and second letters just happy all went well and you had a wonderful time…….Here is wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Years……….Talk with you later take care.
    God bless, keep safe………bye bye for now Mary D, Wornick

  19. Peggy Casey
      · December 18th, 2014 at 9:47 pm · Link

    What a fun way to enjoy the holiday season! It sounds like you enjoyed some fabulous parties among some of the most entertaining authors out there! It makes me want to start writing just to be able to enter that elite circle of awesome people! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  20. Shirley Meyle
      · December 22nd, 2014 at 2:04 am · Link

    So glad you and Debbie have a good time together. I can picture you laughing together. Have a great holiday. :-P

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