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Against the Wind

Wind sock

The days have gotten so much warmer. It’s more like late spring May than early spring March. There was strong wind in the morning but my husband and I decided to take a walk in the park.

On our way there we stopped by a local Starbucks for brunch. I ordered a Dark Mocha Chocolate Chip Cream frappuccino. Venti size. A treat, for waking up and getting out of the house to do some exercise :)

I also ordered a sandwich, Grain Bread with Chicken Cream Cheese & Spinach. Despite being hungry, I couldn’t eat it all (so gave a third to my husband).

The miraculous part? I didn’t order anything sweet. Last year, whenever I was at a Starbucks for brunch I would always order a piece of cake or some other sugary baked product for dessert. But not today. Not even a little macaron.


I think I’m getting better at eating less sweets. Let’s see how many weeks I can go without craving sugary baked treats.

Dirty, Windy Walk

Sunday is our no gym/pool day. I’ll call it our “park day”.

My husband strained his shins at the exercise bike in the gym, so we didn’t run, just walked.

While the weather was warm, there was strong wind the entire time, whipping up dust clouds everywhere. We walked around the park for about two hours.

We forgot to bring sunglasses so by the time we arrived home our eyes hurt like crazy from all the dust. We immediately showered and used eye drops to clean the eyes.


Lesson learned? On warm sunny days always bring sunglasses!

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  • slf

    I miss my eyeglasses with magnetic shades. When we went to the same beach where a wave washed them off my head, my colleague teased me shouting that he found them as he waded at the shallows.

    • beverlyclaire

      Were these the ones you had on when we went to visit you there? The clip-on shades?

      We’re still total newbies when it comes to exercising outside. I observed yesterday that a lot of the runners in the park were better equipped than we were (sports sunglasses, visors, water bottles, belt bags, hand towels etc). I had a backpack and inside it were a shopping bag, tissues, and a handkerchief. Better get my act together!

  • slf

    Yeah. They’re cool because the magnets make the polarizing shades easy to remove and put on. I bought a new pair online at Zenni and these have hooks on each side that are rather ugly and inconvenient. Too bad the ophtha botched the prescription so I only wear those during road trips because the grades for astigmatism are way off so I get a headache when I wear them too much.

    • beverlyclaire

      You’re wearing them despite the fact that they’re the wrong grade? Please don’t! You’ll ruin your eyes! Get a new pair with the right grade (which that incompetent optha should provide you with, for free).