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Mickey says she wants a blog . . .

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

and how could I say no?

Sparkers forgive me for I have sinned. It has been several months since I last tracked my nutrition and exercise--but it's nowhere nearly that long since I applied the lessons learned or visited the gym (which is the only way I managed to make it through the holidays without a great deal of self-recrimination). The good news (for me) is that even though I've leapt off the wagon once or twice--with both feet--I've climbed back on again. I even made the chicken paprikash recipe posted on Spark the other day (tweaked it a little, but just by adding fresh mushrooms and using Uncle Ben's brown rice). I enjoyed it!
(I think next time I am going to make a version of chicken a la king--which I haven't had in years--using the same basic recipe but adding some peas and carrots.) My main problem is not having enough hours in the day--and having a coworker with a preschool-age child who insists on coming to work sick, because he doesn't want to use up his vacation time (instead, he makes me use mine). I've tried to tell him that what young people get over in a day or two lasts much longer for us older folks, but as it is with many millennials, it's all about him--and he keeps doing it. I've been coughing for months, and had some sort of respiratory infection since before Christmas (I just finished the antibiotics that made it go away). I have a hard enough time dragging myself to the gym when I'm feeling well--but when I'm not . . .

I do wish this season (whatever it is) would decide what it wants to be when it grows up. I was slipping on ice in the parking lot yesterday--but I took the dogs for a nice long (and very comfortable) walk in short sleeves this afternoon (it's over 70 degrees here today, and will be in the mid-70s tomorrow!!). I just turned the A/C on. There is no global warming. There is no global warming. There is no global warming.

(I know, because Dubya told me so.)

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MICKEYMAX 6/28/2013 12:47PM

    Time for another blog? Hope the sickies have all come and gone by now

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/10/2013 6:28AM

    This past week it was in the high 50s and next week it is supposed to snow. I want to live somewhere with only 1 season that never goes below 70 degrees!


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The Dark Night of the Dark Knight

Friday, July 20, 2012

I am sickened and saddened by today’s events in Colorado. Lord help a nation that produces affluent, intelligent young people who think it’s their God-given right to take out their disappointments and frustrations on innocent victims who have never done them any harm, and Lord help the victims, their families, and all of those who have suffered collateral damage as a result of the actions of this psychopath. Youngsters today grow up immersed in violence, from the television programs they watch to the movies they see to the video games they play—and just as doctors and nurses and rescue workers become hardened to the sight of blood and suffering, because they have to, seeing it day after day, so kids who see acts of vindictive and wanton cruelty everywhere they turn are desensitized to the horror of such events. The ten-year old girl who escaped an abductor this week did so by imitating something she’d seen on _Law & Order: Special Victims Unit_--a show I find too disturbing to watch at bedtime, though I am several times her senior. There was a 6-year old and an infant in that theatre at midnight last night—and heaven only knows how many tweens and teens. Please, parents, think twice and three and four times before you allow your impressionable youngsters to become immune to man’s cruelty to man. Haven’t we lost enough people to senseless, stupid, selfish violence in this country, and this world?

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ADIPOSEROSE 7/23/2012 12:23PM

    I just saw what was visible of the court proceeding. He's had his 15 minutes in the spotlight, and I hope for all of our sakes that the media has the good sense not to give his bad acting another nanosecond. Poor darling--after that terrible, terrible thing he experienced, he tried so hard to look pathetic--bewildered--drugged--inco
mpetent . . . but he seems to forget that he had the mental competence to plan this massacre for four months, to rig an entire apartment to kill even more people, and to arm himself not only with the weapons to commit his crime, but to shield his own body from retaliation by law enforcement. His demeanor was sickening . . . physically. I guess murdering innocents and maiming many more wasn't the high this neuroscientist thought it would be. Aside from his victims and those who are suffering because of what he did to them, the only one I feel sorry for is the public defender who will have try to stomach this demon long enough to make a legal case for him.

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MPARKER67 7/23/2012 12:13PM

    So sad. I just can't imagine the workings of his mind.

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JERZRN 7/20/2012 5:48PM

    I agree....I am sickened also!

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Too gorgeous out to be in!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Deck plants watered; lawn mowed; some humongous hostas trimmed back and transplanted outside my back fence (I am the only one with full garden, front and back, and now the only one with a garden beyond). Why people buy houses when they have no inclination for or intention of maintaining their property I will never know--but around here, there are more people who don't than do. (Like anything else, it's only hard work if you don't enjoy it.) Got myself filthy hauling mulch, but it will have to wait for another day . . . have to re-shower and get going for a 12:30 PM appointment. Meanwhile, I'm pleased to see that planting an abundance of what I *do* want is doing a good job of keeping out what I *don't* (my neighbors' abundant weeds!!)--and my little lawn is crabgrass free. Even the dogs love to be in the garden! Today I had Zack (the notorious runaway) out there with me, and had to have the gate open because I was transplanting hostas. He quite contentedly munched on "salad" then lay down in the sun, watching me. He never once made a move toward the wide open gate--which made me very happy, indeed! Hope all of you get a chance to go out and play in the sunshine!

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ADIPOSEROSE 7/6/2012 9:25AM

    I'm with you, Judy (as you can probably tell). I guess for the others it's some kind of status thing, but it seems awfully stupid to have a house (vs. condo or apartment) if you have no interest in gardening. One of my favorite things, on the days when I am lucky enough to be able to work from home, is to take my laptop out on the deck in the early morning (before 7:00 AM) and listen to the birds and watch the sunrise, surrounded by my flowers and beauty everywhere I look. It's been beastly hot here for this past week--I mean three-digit hot, and humid--and I spent four days and nights of it without electricity, which was the closest thing to pure hell that I've ever experienced! Otherwise, I'd be out there now. As it is, I'm out there vicariously anyway--my kitchen has two large almost floor-to-ceiling windows, and I can see my ripening tomatoes and strawberry plants and mint and some of the flowers from here. (I've already armed them with a good dose of water against the blazing sun).

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JUDYAMK 7/5/2012 10:33PM

    We live in a very nice village, bought our home here 28 years ago.It was totally amazing I saw our neighbor out side & ask her where are all the people, She told me they keep in their air conditioned homes. 28 years later guess what???? They are still in their air conditioned homes except for our one neighbor. They do go outside.You do not see the rest of the folks even cutting their own grass they hire someone.They have nice porches they do not sit out on them, they have nice yards to tend to flowers or vegetable gardens,but do not. I love my porch & yard, nothing better than to go out and pick my own salad ingredients.

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ADIPOSEROSE 6/9/2012 8:51PM

    Mickey, that sounds wonderful!! Our Renasissance Faire doesn't start for another month, but I love being there, and will go again this year if I have to go by myself. Peppers and zucchini!! Wonderful. I wish they'd grow here, but I don't have enough space in the sun.

You are a trip, girlfriend!! God bless you!!'

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MICKEYMAX 6/9/2012 8:36PM

    WOO HOO! Go Girl! We went out to a Renaissance Faire for a while today. I ke[t looking for shady spots! Toasty! Did a lot of walking. The garden sounds nice. Hubby planted some peppers and a zucchini plant for me today. Woot!

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See-saw, see-saw, see-saw . . .

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

No, not my weight--not even my commitment . . . just my life. Deja vu all over again, the children finally kicked me out of Romper Room on 15 May. I have the distinction of being the last of eleven over-50s to go, in rapid succession. Guess they were trying to maximize their final "take," having just merged with (and relinquished all decision-making power to) another little company. I was a mess for a couple of days (I'd *just* managed to get a refinance application in process, and was halfway through the cycle when this happened), but God closes a door and opens a window. I've been working out midday, M-W-F, sticking to my food plan, and have lost about 5 lbs. I also have another job, as soon as my security clearance is transferred. Meanwhile, I am studying for a big certification exam I am going to be taking at the end of the month . . . like the Activia commercial says, "So--I'm over 50. So, what am I--done????!!!" Not this girl. I admit that sometimes I feel like one of those roly-poly punching bags we played with as kids--only without the ability to bounce back up again the way I used to--but I'm far from "done"! This job will mean a worse commute, and an earlier train, but my boss is my age, they're a much more stable and people-focused company, I can still go through with the refi, and I even get a small raise. Put that in your Huggies, rugrats! You'll have to get someone else to be the grown-up in your sandbox! I'm moving on, and have no need to look back!

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ADIPOSEROSE 6/7/2012 9:10PM

    Thanks, both of you! Your faith in me makes me smile (ear to ear)! emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 6/7/2012 9:04PM

    I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Proud of you! You go girl! And just keep going!!!

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MPARKER67 6/6/2012 10:32AM

    What a great attitude! emoticon

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Things that made me happy today

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1. I stood on the rooftop terrace of my building about 10:00 AM with a couple of hundred of my closest friends (on nearby rooftops for the same purpose) staring out at the horizon. We all cheered when a big bird piggybacked by a litte bird, escorted by an itty-bitty bird, made its circle over our nation's Capitol, and watched in awe as it passed so close by that it seemed we could reach out and touch it. I saw Discovery launched half a lifetime ago. I saw its last flight today--and it was still AWESOME!!

2. My train conductor (a man of my own advanced years) told me yesterday that I was "a beautiful woman," and that he thought I looked "just fine." It was flattery, but it's been a long, long time since anyone even made the effort. It felt wonderful!

3. A young man actually paused at the entry to my building, coming in, as I was leaving, to hold the door for me. I told him that was the nicest thing that anyone had done for me all day, and he grinned from ear to ear.

4. I was able to help my friend get an interview for a job really close to home (ideal for her, with two small children) working for another friend who desperately needs her help. She's been commuting my long commute by train to 'DC; please join me in a prayer that she gets it.

5. A man who was going past the Metro escalator I need to take to get over the tracks to the other side actually stopped in his tracks to let me pass, and made a sweeping gesture of invitation with his hand. I smiled and said, "Thank you--that was SO nice!!" (because it's so unusual to see such courtesy in our national Capitol) and he smiled back, obviously pleased.

6. My train buddies and I were in silly mode tonight coming home, and we laughed from origin to destination.

I didn't even mind a car covered in pollen! I got an excellent space this morning. I'm giving myself the night off from the gym, though, because they won't have the A/C on yet, and the doors will be open, and I just can't breathe in any more of this stuff!

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ADIPOSEROSE 5/1/2012 12:31PM

    Takes one to know one, as we used to say as kids, Yvonne! I feel the same way about this as I do about voting:

1. If you don't vote, you aren't entitled to complain about whoever's in office (because you helped to put him/her there).

2. If you don't say thank you or give a compliment or commendation when someone does something that pleases you, you lose the right to complain when someone doesn't.

If we spent the time to acknowledge other people's acts of kindness or courtesy more often, we'd encourage that kind of behavior (rather than the escalating random acts of rudeness and boorishness we see every day. Wave to the guy who lets you into the queue on the road to say "thanks"--say "that was good of you" to the lady who passes you a paper towel at the sink in the office ladies' room--smile at the building guard who always says "Good morning!" and say "Thanks for brightening my day!" It costs NOTHING--and it makes the whole world look better to both of you . . .

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BILBYGIRL 5/1/2012 9:19AM

    Sounds like a big day!! What an awesome event.

In regard to the remainder, it takes so little really doesn't it to light up somebody's day. I thanked a young checkout guy the other day for being fast and efficient - it took him by surprise but he coloured up and looked delighted.

Appears civility and caring is not dead in your world - a great reflection for who you are I think!

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ADIPOSEROSE 4/18/2012 10:22AM

    I think we all did, to different degrees, 'Chelle: most of it didn't touch our lives in any particular way. But back when we were kids, space travel wasn't only exciting--it was the focus of everyone's attention (think of "My Favorite Martian" and "Mork and Mindy" and Space Family Robinson and the Jetsons and so on). NASA wasn't an afterthought: it was the precursor of DHS, since we were terrified that the USSR would create a space outpost first, and annihilate us from orbit. Could any of us ever forget taking that first step with John Glenn, or seeing the Challenger explode? Discovery symbolizes all of that to me. It was like welcoming home an old friend, to see it being escorted in yesterday.

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MPARKER67 4/18/2012 10:08AM

    How awesome that you got to see both the beginning and ending of the Discovery shuttle. When I was a teenager I hated current events and thought how boring. Now I get so excited whenever I am at a historic event or even get to watch it on TV.

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