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Buca Di Beppo Part#2

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good Thursday Sparkfam! So its cold here & my youngest was very sick last night & this morning. He was just sleeping so mama bear was very worried. I allowed him to stay home cause he wasn't getting out of that bed. So I gave him cold tablets cause he HATES cough medicine. I'm glad of that but when he gets so sick it makes me crazy!! UGH!!! So went home on lunch to check on him because he wouldn't answer the phone. I got home the dog barely barked my mind racing a thousand miles a minute that he's on the floor or had a seizure or something? I turned off the alarm & ran up the stairs by 2 only to find him sleeping like he never slept before. I went over to check he was still breathing & I sighed so big he stirred. I then check his forehead with my check & he wasn't hot. I called his name & he opened his eyes only to close them. He was sweating which is always good when you feel they may be getting really sick. He asked for a hamburger & I knew he was better. Now should he go to school tomorrow? All comments welcomed. . .

Okay, so we went to the restaurant go there expecting a bunch of uptight starched collars & got exactly the opposite. Everyone was laid back & shaking hands & laughing & smiling. I just knew it was going to be the worst but I am so glad I went. I had an outstanding time & even shared some ideas & got to know some of the most important men & women in the construction industry knew my name. HEY NOW!! lol Even though Buca isn't my thing, I actually ate the lemon chicken, had a slice of meatball, ate some paste with a wine sauce, had cesar salad & a salad with cranberries, apples & walnuts. I didn't eat the walnuts but since I live on Spark I have opened my mind to try most foods & not be a big baby. Oh did you know my that's where my name comes from? Being the baby of the family & some times acting as such. Anyway, we laughed & we got serious & we felt we got some really good ideas & since we made some cuts on our salary & paying into our health benefits in 2009 this is the first time we had an open & good conversation. It had nothing to do with my promotion either. I was open & the reason for that is the understanding of how I feel about myself. Yes I am very self conscious but I 've learned to relax & listen & form my sentence & then speak. So I would take my family to Buca just for the family style service. I give it a B- well I am a salmon steak or baked potato type of gal. lol

Here's to trying new things & not being closed minded!!


God bless Sparkfam & thank you for your support!

Dee

  
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SPARKROZ 1/29/2011 10:40PM

    You're such a GOOD mom!!!! Keep doing what you do!!!

Hugs!!!

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MORRIS1989 1/29/2011 10:28PM

    My heart was on the floor too! Glad your son was ok. See I am glad you was open-minded too good for you. I see big and greater things in your future and blessings over your family. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/27/2011 9:12PM

    Lol!!! ...my heart was on the floor as you wandered around looking for your son....
I would keep him home....just to be sure...one more day....see how it goes.

I am so GLAD you Enjoyed your self at this Authentic Italian restaurant! I would have loved it! Lol! ...learning to try new things is emoticon

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CIERAPOET 1/24/2011 9:10PM

    Hope you baby is better. I pray God's Healing Power to continually work in his body in Jesus Name.

I'm glad you enjoyed your function and the food at the restaurant. It's good to try new foods. But I'm not about eating bugs. lol

Just stopped by to check on you and read a blog. I haven't had time to read too many of your blogs lately so I have to catch up.
Many Blessings to You and Your family.
Love ya
Deb
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NISSANGIRL 1/21/2011 9:03AM

    You are a great mom Dee! I am sure your son apprecaited you coming home to check on him. Hope he is feeling better today. The food you choose sounds so delish girl! glad it was pleasant for you and you all had a great time. Have a Great Friday Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 1/20/2011 10:08PM

    Oh girl I can only speak for me. If it were my baby or even older one I'd keep the younger baby home and keep a check on him. I'd worry myself sick I am a true mama hen. LOL! Now for the older baby LOL I would insist he stays home too. He'd put up a fight of course. I sure hope your baby gets better. I am so glad I can stay at home with my kiddos even the older ones. Though they don't need me as much. My 13 y/o does he is special needs. And he is my biggest cheerleader. This morning I had a scare and it was my middle boys time to stay from school...they are testing this week and he has already tested. I sure am glad he was home. I stupidly got a pill stuck in my throat. I know it was dumb but he kept me occupied so I did not get more anxious than I was already. He suggested that I sip some water until that crazy thing went down it took almost 30-45 min. Scary stuff!!! He distracted me by talking heaven and God and salvation. I am glad God used him in a mighty way this afternoon. I will not look at my son the same.

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DKELLEY35 1/20/2011 9:59PM

    First I'd say if he's not running a fever he should be good to go to school. I'm glad you had such a good time. I too, have been learning to try new things. I have always been such a finicky eater. Keep up the good work. See you on the threads.

De

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Buca Di Beppo

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Good Wednesday Sparkfam!! Its a brisk day here in Chicago but I'm maintaining. Had my grandson again last night & he is so funny. He won't sleep in the rooms with my sons & sleeps between me & hubby but clings to me for dear life. This amazes me cause he does the same thing to me that my daughter used to do.


So tonight my entire office & board are having dinner at Buca Di Beppo & I am not a huge fan of italian food. Or should I say authentic italian food & this place is it. So here we go, I ate my breakfast at lunch & ate my soup & crackers now to counter any foods that I don't eat. I am very picky I love carbs & sweets though. lol

I also just found out that my title has changed from Administrate Staff to Office Manager. WOOHOO!! I shared this before I even told my family. I guess I'm a bad person oh well. Anyway, there is no raise & in 2 years we will see if my pay raise will reflect my title. lol My co-worker asked if I will be retro? I didn't even think to ask that but that's my business manager for me. lol God puts good people in your life & we must be a blessing to them as well.

Today, I ate pretty healthy not like yesterday & I will just say I had a mini cheat day but it was a good one. lol I didn't do my workout but I did loads of walking in by chasing my grandson & taking him to daycare. Man, being a parent of a toddler is a mess & if I had to do it now, I would probably hire someone to do most of work for me. It would be worth it. Just serious. lol

God bless & keep you all!!

Oh, don't forget its always a day to celebrate but its hump day & time to dance!!!

  
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SUNNY2DAY2 2/5/2011 3:03PM

    emoticonon your promotion!

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MORRIS1989 1/29/2011 10:21PM

    emoticon On your job promotion! Glad you had a nice dinner!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/27/2011 9:07PM

    emoticon emoticonon your promotion!!! emoticon
emoticoncheering for ya! ~ Laura

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JAZZID 1/26/2011 7:53AM

    emoticon on your new title. I love Italian food, don't eat it often though...

~ Dee emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 1/20/2011 9:10AM

    Good morning Dee! I chuckled this morning when I read what you asid about your grandson, holing on to you, too cute! emoticon on the promotion! that is awesome! you deserve it girl! how was your dinner? PS I LOVE LOVE LOVE Italian food! and the resturant you went to! Have a great day beautiful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE85C4 1/20/2011 1:00AM

  Congrats on your promotion :-)

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FIT2SWING 1/19/2011 10:34PM

    I love going to Buca. My boyfriend and I go to Buca Di Beppos when we have something to celebrate.

Congrats on your promotion.

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GODZDESIGN95 1/19/2011 7:07PM

    congrats! hope they will be kind!!

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GODZDESIGN95 1/19/2011 7:07PM

    congrats! hope they will be kind!!

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DKELLEY35 1/19/2011 6:13PM

    Congrats on the new title. It would be nice if they retroed it. When its been so many years, you forget how fast a toddler can move and how often. That's the best part of being Grandma, you get to spoil them and then give them back. Good luck.

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NEELIXNKES 1/19/2011 5:58PM

    Mmmm... BDB Chicken Marsala... Yummy! Congrats on the new title!

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IBECCA 1/19/2011 5:51PM

    woo hoo! congrats on the "new title" Way to go!

my kingdom for Italian food........... =( yummm yummm

Happy Wednesday,
rock on!!!
xoxox
Becca

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VERITY50 1/19/2011 5:33PM

    I've never been to that restaurant, but authentic Italian sounds good on a cold day!

I am with you on toddlers, not feeling like chasing one at all, but you have fun...grands are a blessing.... one I can wait on lol.

Happy Wednesday

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Happy Tuesday . . .

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy Tuesday Sparkfam!! Its CCCCOOOOLLLLLDDDD & windy here in Chicago! I mean, I can feel the wind coming through the cracks under the couch. brrrrrrr Anyho, I had an appointment with At&t for a new phone line. They never said whether it would be a morning or afternoon appointment so I had to just sit & wait. He finally got here & it was 1:40pm & he was here for 15minutes! He also said that I was all set & there was no charge!! WOOHOO!! Hallelujah!! Why do they sit outside your door for an additional 30minutes before they leave from in front of your door. I don't too much care cause I got a signed document saying, "no charge!" Woohooo & Hallelujah!!

I got up about noonish & made breakfast but snacked on crumbled cookies til it was ready. Once it was ready I was too full from the crumbs. I shouldn't be so greedy. . . . So I mapped out what I was going to eat but now I'm thinking no cause the sodium would be too much for the day. I had tortilla chips, pico de gallo & a taco for lunch, spaghetti & baked salmon for dinner & yogurt & red vines for snacks.

I didn't get my tae bo done cause I've a lazy bum. I'm not mad at me some times you just have to relax. I watch Oprah yesterday & it was actually a good show rather than her normal format. I had given up on Oprah but she is trying to redeem herself. The show was about racism & how far we had come since Dr King. I really had to listen to his speech over again & it really makes me want to be & do better. He called us to love, do & serve, the same thing the bible teaches us, so what are you doing today to make for a better tomorrow?

God bless & let's make it happen!

Dee

  
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MORRIS1989 1/29/2011 10:31PM

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NISSANGIRL 1/19/2011 9:26AM

    Glad that the repair man came and it was over with in a shaort amount of time, best thing is there is no charge! I know someone who is in that line of work and god love him he does the same thing and either sits in the truck outisde the home or chats with people for an hr or so! must be nice! I watched Oprah as well and love d the show. Hope you have an awesome day Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/18/2011 10:58PM

    emoticonDee for visiting my blog! I love your enthusiasm!! emoticonon your meal choices!...and you're right...sometimes we just need to rest.

Have a God Blessed week! ~ Laura

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CIERAPOET 1/18/2011 7:37PM

    Hello Sister!!! Relaxing is a must. I tell you that ALL the time. Don't I? lol
How you doin? I've given up on Oprah. Sorry. Well her show. She's a good business woman. Made millions upon millions. God Bless Her and Keep Her in His Love.

Yes love is the way. Girl I started on the weekend and I felt so wonderful giving to someone else. It was a blessing and the Lord blessed me for doing that. I am so happy to be learning that His Love in Me is the Answer to those around me who are dying without Him in their lives.
God Bless You and that man probably was sitting there eating his Red Vines lol emoticon
Enjoy your night!
Love ya
Debie
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It's Friday. . . . . .

Friday, January 14, 2011

Good Friday Sparkfam!! Its the weekend, I just got paid & now what I am gonna do? Well try to clean up around the house a bit & maybe dinner & a movie today or tomorrow. I do need to do my hair definitely! I am still gonna workout in the morning on Saturday & Sunday & try to eat as healthy as I possibly can. . . .What are you doing for the weekend? Try to keep it healthy & also try to treat yourself as well.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

  
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MNOT2THICK 1/17/2011 1:26PM

    Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Happy MLK Jr. Day.

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MORRIS1989 1/17/2011 2:09AM

    Hope you had a good weekend. Have a bless Monday.

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VERITY50 1/16/2011 8:59PM

    Ok girl, you have been busy! Enjoy the best of the rest of your weekend! Are you working on Dr. King Day! I am chillin and enjoying the freedom I have in Christ Jesus!

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NISSANGIRL 1/16/2011 9:04AM

    What better way to spend the weekend than getting your hair done and pampering yourself? Hope you had a good one Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROL3SAN 1/15/2011 11:41AM

    Enjoy your w/e! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 1/14/2011 10:35PM

    weekend is coming up for sure. Kids g back to school Tuesday emoticonwe working on the 5th day. Thanks for the goodie! emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/14/2011 6:56PM

    sounds like a great weekend! :) enjoy!

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Hump Day . . . .

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam!! Its a brisk but very sunny day here in Chicago. I mean the sun reflection off the snow is almost blinding. I guess I could scrap up a few bucks for a car wash to get some of the much off my truck? Had the grandson last night & children are outrageously funny. I was trying to coax him to take a bath or shower & I told him he didn't smell very fresh & needed a shower & his reply was "thank you." I thought that was hysterical if we could all look at life like. Instead of taking a comment on our hygiene to be offensive, well our hygiene can be an assault on the air others breathe. lol Just trying to make you smile.

Last night to get the ball rolling, I made oatmeal & put that & my chili in containers to go for today. See how I was thinking. . .Yeah, we can make it happen in the little ways. I didn't want to feel rushed this morning especially since I had to get me, my youngest son & Israel dressed to get out the door by 9:30am. I did 2 better than that this morning, I got up, watched Joyce Meyers & then did Cathe Step Blast & Cathe Legs & Glutes. I thought I still had sleep in my eye but apparently not. Somebody must've told my body that is was hump day & the sister was humpin!! I felt accomplished until the morning air hit me like ton of bricks but I pressed on. Izzy had no gloves & put his hands in his pockets his dad has them in his truck which was absolutely no good to me. So I made to daycare, undressed him & signed him & was mean to a few of the kids but they deserved. lol Got to work & now I'm sleepy. I'm doing my work I ate my oatmeal & added cinnamon, which is something cause I don't go too far out of my range but it supposed to good for you so I tried it. My co-worker brought me an orange, I drank some of my bolthouse real fruit juice & some apple juice. I did have some red vines & fishes but I don't feel guilty. I've been searching the net on healthier options of my own recipes & ways to add more fruits & veggies to my daily intake. I feel on fire for my health & maybe its the new year but whatever it is I wanna hold on to til 2012!

Family its Hump Day & time to shake, move & groove to your favorite tune. . .

God bless & enjoy everyday!!

Dee

  
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MORRIS1989 1/17/2011 2:14AM

    I like reading your blogs sometimes they really make me laugh. When I have grandchildren I hope I be a good grandma like you are. Wishing you the best always!!

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NISSANGIRL 1/13/2011 5:25AM

    Kids are so funny at that age! it was cute what he said Dee and I know you love having him around. I also do the same thing by getting things ready the night b-4, it just makes things easier the next day, you never know what is going to go wrong. Great job on your workouts and eating girl! got me hungry for some oatmeal now! have a great day Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 1/12/2011 8:31PM

    oatmeal is do good for you. I've tried to eat it everyday.....but the 6 y/o child is rebelling. So I will try for at least 3 days a week. The kids are still out of school since monday past. The snow came and left 6 inches. That is a lot for us. We rarely get snow here. Kids are happy mama is not! emoticon

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CIERAPOET 1/12/2011 6:52PM

    Hello Mrs. Dee. How are you? I heard the snow was all day on tuesday. Has it stopped? I still can't imagine you being a grandmother but you are a good one. Praise the Lord for Great Women as yourself. You are doing a great job. I wish I had some of those fishes. The red ones right? But I'm straight. Had oatmeal myself and cinnamon is great for you especially diabetics. You stay safe out on those streets and keep doing what you doing. Thanks for reading my entry. I appreciate you!
Blessings
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JUDITH316 1/12/2011 3:49PM

    sounds like a great time with your grandson, yes, it's fun watching them and listening to what they have to say, the Lord has truly blessed us with grandkids, I have 4 of my own, 3 girls and 1 boy, a wide range in ages, 19, 16 and 4 years and 1 toddler at 20 months, the boy is the youngest...I sure keep busy with helping my daughter with the 2 youngest, had many sleepovers and love every moment just as you did with your grandson. Keep up the great work with your diet and exercise goals. I see you enjoy Joyce Meyers like I do...Have a great day and week, thanks for sharing a great blog.

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