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Outings....

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Good Tuesday Sparkfam!! It's the end of my staycation. Yesterday we had a good time in downtown Chicago. We went to Lou Mitchells one of Chicago's famous eateries:

Here are the breakfasts were enjoyed:


We all had coffee except for my oldest son & he had his first taste of freshly squeezed pulpy sour oranges juice! lol He wasn't pleased.
We actually even talked to us. You know how kids are connected to their phones & ipad thingys but we had a good breakfast that I didn't have to cook.
We drove around & decided to go to Sears (Willis) Tower to take the tour:

Who knew we would have to wait in so many lines:

We stood in at least 7-10 long lines & then had to watch an educational movie. UGH!!

View from a ledge. There are several glass ledges that you can stand in line to stand on. Its like you are standing in mid air. My kids & hubs took great pics & I put my sandal out there. Did I tell you that this is my first time there. I driven by & even parked there & waited for my mom as that was her bank. She worked at one of the area branches til she retired. Bless her heart. Okay & then there was a gift shop at the top. We looked & we bought 3 things that totalled $14. Then we had to waited in another line to go down. I felt dizzy by the time we hit the bottom. Then we had to go through 2-3 more gift shops, we spent another $25 there on small trinkets.

I got home & took an aspirin as I was just dizzy. I ate a little something & felt better by night fall. It rained cats & dogs this morning so today was an inny no outings. I pray you all had a great Monday!


I don't but some people do......

God bless,

Dee

  
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MARVEEME 8/10/2012 9:08PM

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GODZDESIGN95 8/8/2012 5:52PM

    yum breakfast. I remember going out eating breakfast with the family but diabetes has taken the fun out eating out for sure. emoticonglad you enjoyed family time. emoticon

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FITANDFIFTY2 7/31/2012 2:44AM

    Awesome Pics,, thank you for sharing! I have never been to Chicago so it was great to see them!

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CIERAPOET 7/27/2012 9:40PM

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Wow Sis You Had A GREAT DAY! Glad You All Got To Spend Some Quality Family Time. I Don't Know What I would Do With All Those Lines. But I Guess You Met Some New People? lol Thanks For Sharing. Make Me Want To Go Somewhere.
Many Blessings and Have A Wonderful Weekend!
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JANTWO 7/26/2012 12:21AM

    Nice pictures!!!! Thank you for the tour of Chicago for me!!!! I am glad you had a good time!!!!

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MICHELLE_391 7/25/2012 11:08PM

    I have always wanted to go out on one of the ledges but can't find anyone brave enough to do it with me. Thank you for showing me what it looks like! Oh, and please, never, ever say "Willis Tower" Blech. The world knows it as the Sears Tower, and that's what it always will be!!!!

So Lou Mitchells is famous? I walk right by it every day and never knew that it was a place I should check out.

What a lovely end to a staycation! Happy easing back into daily life! XO

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BLEGNER1 7/25/2012 4:18PM

    I enjoyed going on your outing with you and your family. Thanks for taking me along.

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GRANNYQUINN 7/25/2012 12:37PM

    Thank-you for inviting us on your journey , will always be Sears to us!! Love Chinatown , where they doing Tia Chi out there? Hugs Karen Great pics Dee.!!

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TRAVELISMYGAME 7/25/2012 9:00AM

    I love Chicago and the Sears Tower Ledge! The one picture of the long line looks unreal, everyone seems so perfectly lined up. LOL

Looks like you had a great last day of your staycation!

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NISSANGIRL 7/25/2012 7:28AM

    Sounds like u had a wonderful Staycation dee!!! the breakfast looked amazing! and the height of that tower with being able to look down like that would have made me dizzy too!!! Havea wonderful day Dee!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUTHXG 7/24/2012 11:54PM

    I LOVE fresh-squeezed OJ! Mmmmm, & breakfast is my favorite meal.

Hilarious that you did the Sears Tower thing--too bad you had to stand in long lines though! I have still never been up in that tower. Goofy, isn't it? (I mean, it's goofy that I've never been, having lived in Chicago so long.)

Glad you had a fun anniversary weekend!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/24/2012 11:02PM

    Whoa, I would never be able to go out on that ledge! Sounds like a fun day, but too bad about the headache. Hope it went away fast! Great pics - thanks for sharing.

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DIBANANA 7/24/2012 8:57PM

  Wow I can't see my husband standing in any line that long!

Sounds like you enjoyed your trip.

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LEFTHANDLUKE 7/24/2012 8:12PM

    great day it seems

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How Many Do U Have?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Good Day Sparkfam!! Well we got a few sprinkles here & there here in Chicago but it is still dry. We are indoors mainly but try to get out & go to the park & socialized visits with family & friends.



Definition from www.thefreedictionary.com....
friend Pronunciation (frnd)
n.
1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
5. Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.

I saw this, I was just thinking that I need more but I do have a host of fam here on Spark but how many do you have?

Today's workout was tae bo with Billy & my legs & hips are buzzing. I would like to get on the treadmill but hubs wants to go to the movies....UGH!! I will have to see but this is our anniversary week & we have been trying to put more time in to show I am ALL in. lol

God bless Sparkfam!

Dee

  
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MSPROVERBS31 7/23/2012 3:35PM

    How was your anniversary the other week?

Oh and yes, you are definately one of my friends!!!!
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FITJEANS 7/20/2012 4:49PM

    Great blog , i can totally identify. I honestly dont know how many but I know I have alot of people in my life who make me smile. Including sparkfriends like you. Thanks for sharing

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BARCLE 7/19/2012 3:44PM

    emoticon Have a super week

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RUTHXG 7/18/2012 9:33PM

    Hope you're having a fun night at the movies! I was supposed to go to the Millennium Park concert with a couple of friends, but one of them was worried about possible rain & the other said she would have to leave early anyway, so we postponed till two weeks from now.

Really looking forward to meeting up with you on the 28th! In the meantime, have a LOVELY anniversary!

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P.S. In answer to your question: it would be hard to count! My best friends are my sisters, but unfortunately two of them live off in California. I have quite a few other lovely friends, & would love to spend more time with them--our meetup will contribute to that goal!

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KITT52 7/18/2012 9:01PM

    we had about 5 minutes of heavy rain but then it got more humid

oh well the rain felt good for a few minutes

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KKLENNERT809 7/18/2012 8:50PM

    Yes, Happy Anniversary!! Go to the movies, nothing worse than a husband who isn't happy or doesn't get their way............Enjoy your week!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/18/2012 8:29PM

    Love that Tae Bo! Happy anniversary - have a fun week!

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GRANNYQUINN 7/18/2012 8:28PM

    I feel that I am blessed with all kinds of friends, each is different , but so am I , to them , we just accept each other. Hit the Movie, I am going to see Ice Age tomorrow with my granddaughters , cannot wait. emoticon emoticon

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Happy Friday....

Friday, July 13, 2012

Good Friday Sparkfam!! It's a rainy Friday here in Chicago but I did want to go to the Taste of Chicago. This is for the sake of my hubs. I don't taste much except McDonald Fries & these Cajun Cheese Fries & I'm done. lol

I am good after my fall but it was probably more a metaphor for my mind than for my body. Definitely brought me back to earth as I was getting full of myself. How? Long story just believe me when I tell you this was happening to me. lol

I got some great workouts in this week but today, I slept til almost 9am & then I wanted to take a vacation day. No I didn't do it I came in late but all is forgiven as I am still here & not a breathing soul is here with me. lol So are you working or hardly working? I'm trying to mix it up but sometimes it ain't easy getting all that done & still be energized. UGH!!



Thought that this quote from Spark Motivational would spark you guys to be motivated. It's motivating me. lol So are YOU!!


God bless Sparkfam!!



Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 7/17/2012 5:17PM

    WooHoo! Happy Tuesday the 17th! I'm always late but I like this blog I'm so glad to have my page back I don't know what to do first lol. That's a neat photo from Spark I don't think I've seen it before. I'm making an effort to DO my workouts when I think about them. If I wait too long I'll be dragging & I don't like doing that. Thanks for keeping us motivated to move our bodies. They have a Taste of here at different cities down here. I've never been to one. Well sis you have a BEAUTIFUL week & Keep On Pushing!
Deb

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/15/2012 11:43PM

    Good job keeping track of what you had at the Taste! And hey, you got some walking in too! :)

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MICHELLE_391 7/15/2012 8:56PM

    Dee - it is good to know that you are recovering so well. I also avoid the Taste, only because I think it is really gross to be standing around with a million other sweaty people eating food that has been sitting out all day.

But I do kind of agree with GrannyQuinn below. I like Greek Fest. There isn't a whole lot for me to eat at that fest because I'm a vegetarian, but I really just like the vibe. And the Metaxa.

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BOO-SHAY 7/14/2012 10:34AM

    I had Chile Rellenos last night, ooh so good, but I was good all week and managed for the first time to exercise for an 1 every day. I alternated walking, stationary bike, and zumba. I do know like you that it can be hard to motivate myself. But you are doing it!


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GRANNYQUINN 7/14/2012 10:18AM

    I am glad to here you are recovering, Taste, I am on the fence with that one. I love to go but, I am saving energy for the Greek Fest and I wonder if they are having the Gospel Fest this year? That is one of the Festivals that I have not attended yet. So much has changed, I can always attend The House of Blues for Their Gospel Brunch if they do not have this year. You are more than welcome to join me. Thank God for the Rain!!! It felt so good!!! Hugs to you -Dee- Karen

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NISSANGIRL 7/14/2012 6:43AM

    Glad u got some rain Dee! we finally got some this morning!!! everything was getting soooooooooooooooo dry! taste of Chicago sounds wonderful!!! it probably did u some good to sleep in a bit even though u decided to go in anyway. Glad u had some great workouts this week! I need to stay focused and Make it happen!!! it's been so humid and hot that I don't feel like working out. Hope u have a wonderful weekend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTWO 7/14/2012 12:32AM

    Taste of Chicago.....sounds so goooooooooooood...!!!!!!

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SASIKHASI1 7/13/2012 9:29PM

    Vacation day for me, I have to go back to work on sunday. Hubby and I went shopping today and I got myself two new pairs of shoes. I just love shopping for shoes lo. Have a good day.

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MAGGIE101857 7/13/2012 8:43PM

    Did you manage to avoid the storms that came through! We had some great lightning and downpours up here in Lake Forest!

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Colin Stuart....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Sparkfam aren't these shoes lovely, well at least I thougth so.....

I ordered these last week while I was out of the office. I got to the office & WHAM!! I had little goodies on my desk! So I opened them up & put these puppies on wore them around the office. I wore them all day & then as I was making my last rounds before I left, I fell!

Not on my bottom but face first. My knees, hands, side & back ache a little but I will get my behind up there on the treadmill & walk. I was going to do weights but I had better do push ups & dips. Tomorrow I know I will have soreness but I won't let it keep me from doing what is necessary. I didn't have much junk today so I won't have to walk/job for hours & hours. lol I am injured in anyway but I don't wanna turn anything in the wrong direction so that I do hurt myself. But I laughed & giggle for about 15mins because I couldn't believe I, ME, I did that! I have been walking in heels forEVER! lol I looked around of course & noone SAW me but they heard me make all that noise from trying to keep myself from falling. lol I'm still giggling.....

So I am keeping the shoes & I also got a red dress to wear with for my 17th Anniversary. My hubs mouth will be on the floor. Thank you Sparkfam & Sparkpeople for helping make my mouth behave. lol

Now what won't you let keep you for eating healthier or getting in 20-45mins of fitness on most days.

God bless,

Dee

  
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GODZDESIGN95 7/17/2012 11:31PM

    Hope you are ok with that fall. Rock those shoes girl friend. My mother loves high heels....I do to a point but now extremely high. I am tumble prone. LOL!

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BARCLE 7/13/2012 4:35PM

    They are gorgeous shoes - so glad you weren't badly hurt when you fell ...that sounded a bit scary!

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ONCEUPONADREAM 7/13/2012 11:22AM

   

Love the shoes!! Sorry to hear that you took a fall, but how awesome that you got back up and did what needed to be done.

You are going to rock that dress. :) Hope that you'll post pictures!

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GRANNYQUINN 7/12/2012 1:17PM

    Wow, I am glad to hear you are ok!!! Careful on those stilts!! lol Them em, Red Dress will be beautiful , just because of who you are, you will radiate in that dress! Your husband jaw drops everyday when he see you!! Hugs Karen emoticon

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FITJEANS 7/12/2012 9:55AM

    Love the shoes, very powerful and invigorating shoes. Im pretty sure you will look emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 7/11/2012 9:36PM

    Love the shoes...can't wait to see a picture of you in them and the dress...glad you didn't hurt yourself to badly!!!

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NISSANGIRL 7/11/2012 6:45AM

    I am so sorry that u fell Dee! hope u are not hurting today. I gotta say I love your attitude about it all! Glad that u were not seriously hurt! I would also love to see u in that dress and shoes!!! love the shoes girl! Hope u have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHELLE_391 7/11/2012 12:45AM

    Dee - I hope you post a picture of you in the red dress and stunning shoes! How do you walk in these? I think I would have fallen and broken my legs with the first step!

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JANTWO 7/11/2012 12:17AM

    I am so sorry that you fell !!!! However, the shoes are NICE!!!!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/10/2012 10:48PM

    Love those shoes!! Hot, hot, hot. So sorry you fell but glad you are not hurt!

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ANGGEL40 7/10/2012 9:40PM

    Dee, glad you didn't hurt yourself to bad..but girl those shoes are FAB..I love them and I know you are going to look Awesome in that red dress with them..this year in September is also my hubby and I 17th Anniversary..God is Good..You go Diva!

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Do You....

Sunday, July 08, 2012



Good Sunday Sparkfam! Wanted to know do you love your body & the master piece you are sculpting it into? I pray so.

Since there is so much left from the 4th of July I don't have to cook an elaborate meal. Also hubs took the youngest & his mom out to Applebees. I ate a pb&j blueberry yogurt & shortbread cookies. It's nap time for me & I think I also need to get 45mins of cardio in & try to get some weights in my hand. lol

Last night we had an evening out & it was Chicago perfect weather. So we got the Benz out the garage & set out to Evanston. Oh that's a suburb of Chicago, it was so quiet & nice, I could've napped out on a hammock out there. I made jello shots for the family & my brother was the DJ. I was surprised that they let him play the music that loud at that time of night but guess what? She did a nice & smart thing by inviting all her neighbors. lol Guess what I was dancing with one of my cousin's guest & we were all having an great time dancing to 70s hit. I guess I was having too much fun cause hubs came up & started dancing with me. lol I guess I was one of the hot chicks at the party. Jay my cousin told my hubs guys were taking dibs on me. GREAT! I liked being part of the center but sat down so that my cousin D could enjoy her birthday.

So I hope you are trying to get some "me" time in there & workout.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

  
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JANTWO 7/10/2012 12:58AM

    Sounds like you had FUN!!!!

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MICHELLE_391 7/10/2012 12:38AM

    It did get really beautiful on Sunday, and I hope it stays around for a while! This is my kind of summer. Glad to hear that you had such fun, jello shots and all!

And I love your quote. You're right. We've got to develop positive, loving relationships with our bodies, and this will make us happier and healthier every single day.

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RONNIER3 7/9/2012 9:58PM

    You made me miss Chicago with this post! Well, at least the summers, do NOT miss the winters! Sounds like you had a great fourth! Keep living!


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NISSANGIRL 7/9/2012 2:34PM

    Sounds like u had the best weekend ever girl!!! love it when that happens! We just got back from the vaca home and I just mowed for almost 2hrs!! good to be back home! Hope u have an amazing week Dee!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANNYQUINN 7/9/2012 1:08PM

    Well sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your family, Mmmm jello shots. Dancing to the seventies, what great times we had then and can share with the younger generation. Funny how the styles of clothes come back. Have a great day Dee- Hugs-Karen.

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SPARKLE1908 7/8/2012 8:57PM

    wonderful message!!!

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SUNSET09 7/8/2012 6:27PM

  Sounds like a party to me and you got your dance on, burning those calories! Such a true statement as some of us do not love ourselves! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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