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Have I lost my music?

Friday, February 25, 2011

I just love those little pockets on athletic bottoms that have space for your MP3 players or keys or iPods.

So I mostly use my iPod as a pedometer to track my steps. Some days I leave it in my pocket all day. Occasionally I will use it, along with the pod in my Nike+ shoes, to track my runs.

I just pulled my clothes out of the dryer and found my iPod, still hot, inside my little pocket!

So I hit the button, nothing. Would you plug it up when it cools down?

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-PAULA 2/28/2011 12:14PM

    Update: DH decided to plug it in and it works! Still sign of moisture but this may be permanent since there was already a crack in the side face of my 5G iPod. I will take much better care of it this time around.

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TOTHEFUTURE1 2/25/2011 7:08PM

    Did something similar with my pedometer.

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-PAULA 2/25/2011 3:39PM

    Ok guys, thanks for reading my blog. I really was freaking out when I posted it. I so wanted to plug it in and see if it would work but thought I might really blow it up. I texed my daughter and she advised to take it to the Apple store because they may give me a recycling credit.

Have a great weekend!

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LEROYJL 2/25/2011 3:26PM

  i guess i would try. be very careful and good luck!

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Blueberries, where have you been all my life?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Along with several other fruits, I have found a love for blueberries this year. I'm eating them right now in my whole grain cereal. They are a little soft, I'm thinking that's because I froze them? I'm still learning, but I think I read somewhere you don't freeze blueberries. If you know, let me know.

I was in the home improvement store yesterday and looked at the blueberry plant/bush/tree --- what do you call it? My first thought - it won't live in my yard. As I'm savoriing these delicious berries, I'm seriously considering going back and purchasing one of those bushes. After all, it wouldn't be in my local store if it weren't appropriate for this region. Another reason I didn't purchase the blueberry plant was because I already had an unpriced lemon tree in my cart. Unfortunately I had to leave the lemon tree, which rang up at $40, at the register and decided I would look for it at the flea market.

Do any of you grow blueberries? What is your experience? I want to be able to show my harvest to you, my Sparkfriends, in the future.

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VIAFREE 2/24/2011 6:26AM

    No berry grower dont think they will grow here in the North with the bad winters? not sure. But sounds like a great idea, esp since you have found a taste for them.
Give it a try, why not? And if you do make sure to keep us posted, good luck.

I dont freeze mine. but if they are too ripe, they will be awfully soft.

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-PAULA 2/23/2011 11:01AM

    Thanks guys for your comments. Thanks, Paul, for that very helpful information. I have loads of birds around here. They build nests in my grape vine and loquat tree. Hmmmm. Gives me something to think about. I may just focus on lemons this year.

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SOURLAND 2/23/2011 10:48AM

  I love them and have them all the time. I kind of cheat though...1: I live in New Jersey, and 2: my wife has a connection with the NJ Ag experiment station and we get to pick pounds of them for free!
They freeze great. I throw a 1/2 cup in my oat meal right from the freezer while its cooking.
They are hard to grow, and if can grow them the birds LOVE them so they need to be protected from the birds too. Talk to your local gardeners or the Ag extension people and ask them about growing them in your area.



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MNCYCLIST 2/23/2011 10:25AM

    I don't grow them but I do eat them often--I'm addicted to them! I freeze them as well and have no problems.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/23/2011 9:56AM

    When we go to the mountains in the summer I eat blueberries everyday - the local ones are sooooooooooooooo good! I do freeze them when they are abundant but mostly use those in cooking (pancakes, muffins, etc.. Try eating them frozen as a snack - yummy.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wishing Sparkpeople everywhere love and happiness!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Have a great week!

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LEROYJL 2/14/2011 6:13PM

  WISHING YOU THE SAME AND GOD BLESS YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My elliptical trainer - back in business.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My ellipital trainer has been out of commission for about a month. It worked but it was so stiff I would get a huffing puffing workout in a couple minutes.

I figured this was a result of letting it sit for a couple years outside on a screened room.

Then I had stopped using it after I joined the running group. I brought it indoors as I was setting up my workout studio but was still not using it because I was breaking a new treadmill.
emoticon What could be wrong, I thought. I was now ready to use it. Looked over the manual. DH said it's self-lubricating, just needs to be worked. More huffing and puffing.

Finally I got the bright idea to use machine oil on the exposed screws. Duh. They were about rusted. Now, the elliptical is good to go. Yeah. Lesson learned - there is a reason the manual says "Not for outdoor use".


Today, I got up at 6 to meet with a couple running pals. We were either going to run indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. We ended up indoors because it was super foggy out and somewhat cool. I was so looking forward to exercising outside. After running on the treadmill and elliptical and using some strength building machines, we left after about an hour. I did not feel complete so I went to the walk trail and did my walk/run intervals for about six miles. Felt so good but tomorrow will definitely be a rest day!

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CBARRETT10 1/31/2011 12:40AM

  I like the way you commit to your workouts! Inspirational!
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NYARAMULA 1/30/2011 10:33PM

    Your commitment is really an inspiration. Keep up the good work.

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DRB13_1 1/30/2011 7:37PM

    I had a different problem with my elliptical, it was making noise when it should have run silently. Turned out it needed some repairs as well. Nice to have options when the weather doesn't cooperate. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/30/2011 7:35PM

    Good going for not giving up on the exercise. -- Lou

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THROOPER62 1/30/2011 6:42PM

    emoticonthat you got it to work

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JENNIFER@TOPS 1/30/2011 5:19PM

    LOL glad you got it to work !

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No hard feeling towards mom's negativity.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I was recently having a conversation with my mom who lives next door to me. I mentioned I would be retiring eventually and was considering studying fitness and nutrition, particularly group fitness training. Getting healthy is a very tricky subject to discuss with some people, my mom is one. She quickly replied "Maybe you are too old!". I was not surprised by this negative response as I have come to expect that from her. Mom is very strong and have worked her garden for hours some days, almost every day the weather is nice, as long as I've known her but that is not for me. I like running, walking, fitness DVDs, hooping, boxing, etc. Whatever works for the individual. No two are the same.

So..... my response - "I'll just teach group exercise to older people then". She was happy with my response and there were no hurt feelings on either part.

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PATSDIARY 1/19/2011 11:25AM

    At 58, I'm in better shape than I've been since my 20's, so I don't think you are too old at all! And you did a great job of defusing the situation. I have to do the same sometimes, and I'm not alwasy as graceful as you are! Way to go!

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VKKESU 1/18/2011 10:15AM

    You know your body better than anyone else! I'd love to do it myself, but at 43 I already have issues with my knees and know I couldn't do it. More power to you if you can !! Great job with your Mom ! Being respectful to the person she is makes everyone's life easier. Fitness classes wasn't as well known or popular for older people during her "younger days" so she probably has no idea the age range in Zumba and fitness classes now.

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ANNE7X7 1/18/2011 8:28AM

    Way to handle criticism with tact!! My mother is also very judgmental when it comes to the subject of weight loss and everything, so I often opt out of telling her about stuff and if I do, I take her reply with a grain of salt!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/18/2011 8:26AM

    Impressive response... composed, understanding, graceful and direct. I am so proud of you.


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LINDEE6 1/13/2011 8:42PM

    Hey! At almost 64 (one month from today!), I've been thinking that I might try for Zumba certification. Of course, I need to be closer to my goal before I try that, but I figure I could teach fellow residents in whatever retirement community I end up living in! Age is a state of mind!

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IUHRYTR 1/12/2011 3:18PM

    A mature response and an admirable goal. Go for it! -- Lou

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SLIMGOODY160 1/12/2011 9:57AM

    Hey all respect to Mom, but who said 53 was old? I'm 56 and having the time of my life being active! Like you said, no two people are the same. Enjoy life and you will live longer. emoticon

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KEYTA165 1/11/2011 4:42PM

    I love the respect from this blog...most people are so quick to argue. Your mom sounds awesome and so do you! emoticon

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MY_HEALTH_BABY 1/11/2011 4:16PM

    emoticon comeback...our Moms sometimes try to protect us as though we were still fragile little girls in this world.. emoticon

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TERESA159 1/11/2011 2:01PM

    Yikes, no one's remarks cut so deep as mom's, huh? You handled that very well, good for you.Your attitude will take you far. Love the colorful roses.

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KSTYLEFITNESS 1/11/2011 1:31PM

    When I took my ACE PT exam, there were at least 2 older people taking the exam. And I have seen many older trainers that can out work the best of the young ones, so just do it!!

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-PAULA 1/11/2011 12:06PM

    I have to definitely add Sparking to my list of activities I like to do.

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