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(Just going to mostly ignore the bloggie silence for several months. Let's just say it has been a HELL of a semester and there are 5 weeks left.)

Way back in December 2010, I got an awesome Webs gift card from my mom. And good knitter that I am, couldn't figure out what to get right away and ended up sitting on the gift card until today. About a week ago, I got an idea of something to knit and went looking for the appropriate needles only to find it seems that my needles (or the ones I needed/wanted) have vanished. I could have sworn that I used to have more circular needles, but apparently no or they have gotten lost or they are stuck in some unfinished project somewhere.

I decided that I could use the gift card to get some new needles in commonly used sizes so that I'd be better prepared. I picked out a bunch of needles, put them in the Webs cart, and went to check out. I tried twice and the site kept crashing. Ugh!

So I called up customer service to order via the phone. All was going well until the woman told me that the gift card had already been redeemed. What?! I've been sitting on this for over a year and I wouldn't have stuck it back on the bulletin board if I used it. Apparently it was redeemed in October. From what I could see from my order history, I hadn't ordered anything from Webs online since 2010. The woman very helpful checked into some things and suggested that maybe I paid through PayPal or under a different name. I checked my PayPal records while she did some more investigating on her end. I had no orders on PayPal to Webs and I would never have ordered under another name. The lady on the phone was very nice and decided that there had been some error and so allowed me to still use the gift card. Yay!! So I just ordered 8 needles for $15!

Thanks Webs and Webs customer service!!

Back in the fitness center today.  I used the good elliptical for 45 minutes and burned about 400 calories.  Woohoo!!  I really like the better elliptical machine... the running movement feels a lot more natural and smooth.
The gym was packed this morning.  Apparently everyone needed a good workout after shoveling snow yesterday.

No swimming on Sundays because the pool is full of classes and children.  So it was fitness center time.  There were no ellipticals available, so I started with biking.  I did a moderate ride today... 5.4 miles in 30 minutes.

When I switched to the elliptical, I tried a different style elliptical.  This one I was able to do a little program that it had set in it.  I only realized toward the end of the 20 minutes that I had been "running" backwards the entire time.  Oh well, probably worked some good muscles.  I also didn't realize until the end how to switch so that I could watch the TV, not just hear it.

Trying to decide if I go to the gym in the morning tomorrow before work or if I wait and go after work. 
More swimming... 25 laps freestyle, 20 laps breast stroke!
Back to the gym and back into the pool!

Today I sported my new swimcap and some ear plugs.  I successfully completed my laps without getting water in my ears.  The cap + ear plugs was a little tough on my ears (pinchy and tight), but better a little discomfort than a day of water in my ear.

I swam 12 laps breast stroke and 30 laps free style.  I realized when I started that I was swimming too fast and getting too tired.  Once I slowed down, I was doing a lot better.  I still get out of breath pretty quickly, but I'm going to keep at it!
Back to the gym tonight!

25 minutes on the elliptical (about 1 mile)
20 minutes on the bike (about 3 miles)

Very exhausted Dr. Girlfriend!
I took the plunge!  I went swimming this evening.  Kevin and I went to the gym together when he got home from work.  I took a quick look into the pool area and it didn't seem too crowded, so I decided to go for it.

I was a bit nervous (I hate doing new things).  As it turns out, I needed a swim cap, and since I didn't have one, I had to borrow one from the lifeguard (ewww!!).  But I got in the pool and swam.  I haven't swam laps since I was a kid learning to swim.  Most of my pool time growing up was spent splashing around and playing, but my parents did get me swim lessons, so I know the basic strokes and can swim freestyle and breast stroke well (I'm terrible at back stroke, I can't swim straight... and my lessons got to butterfly, but we didn't spend much time on it, so I know the mechanics, but not how to execute them well).

I swam 20 laps (10 of each stroke).  The pool is 25 yards long.  Because I'm just getting into this, I would swim a lap and then rest for a few seconds or a minute, then swim another lap.

I'm excited to go back and swim again, although I'm waiting until I have my own swim cap and also some ear plugs.


Back to the gym this morning.  This time solo.  I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical (totalled about .8 miles) and then I did 15 minutes on the bike (about 2.9 miles).  

I was tempted to get bold and visit the pool (eek!), but I peeked in the pool and there appeared to be a hoard of old ladies, so I decided I try swimming tomorrow.

When I got home, I did Turbo Fire 10 minute Abs and the 10 minute Stretch. 
Didn't expect a Sunday workout did you?

Get ready to be surprised even more....

I went to the gym!!  What?!  Yep, worked out at a gym today.  Kevin and I decided to join the local Y.  This morning was our first workout.  We each did our own things.

I rode on a bike for 20 minutes and went about 4.5 miles.  Then I tried an elliptical machine for about 10 minutes.  By then I felt like puking, so I figured that was my limit and quit for the day.  I have big plans for going back tomorrow.  Stay tuned! 

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