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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sitting here at my computer getting ready for work today I read something on the Panic boards that reminded me of something that happened earlier in the summer.

I haven't played hopscotch in many, many years. One day, earlier this summer, I was taking my walk around my neighborhood (my exercise). As I was walking I came upon a hopscotch game drawn on the sidewalk. It brought back so many memories of drawing the game and finding the perfect rock to toss. Lucky for me it was mid-day so no one was around to see. I didn't have a rock but I hopped to the top and back down. It was just a great moment to myself with fun memories of my childhood.

Days later, after a day of rain had washed the sidewalk clean, I was walking by where the hopscotch had been drawn. The new canvas had been decorated with rainbows and flowers. Just seeing the new "artwork" gave me reason to smile just a bit more but I did miss seeing the hopscotch game.

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JANET552 9/25/2014 9:44AM

    Love it!!

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GINNABOOTS 9/24/2014 5:08PM

    I actually went out and made a hopscotch game and me and my husband played. He won and he has never played before. I did let him slide a little, he missed one of the squares coming back. I'll get him next time. What fun!

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GINNABOOTS 9/24/2014 4:25PM

    Brings back memories. I loved hopscotch as a kid. I have played it often with my daughter and niece as an adult and you have made me want to go get the chalk and draw one in my driveway. It is great exercise too!

Thanks for making my day. I am off to draw a hopscotch game!

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ARNETTELEE 9/24/2014 4:23PM

  What fun!

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Birthday present for myself...

Saturday, September 06, 2014

When I was just starting to work my mother told me something that has stuck with me all these years. She said when you get older you need to buy yourself a birthday present that you want, not what you may need. Over the years I've done just that but as I've gotten older I also try to find something I wouldn't normally spend a great deal of money on. I've gotten more frugal as I've aged and I don't really need a bunch of "stuff". I was in Kohl's about a week before my birthday just to look around. I like Kohl's but usually I'm looking for work clothes for when I work a trade show. I always check out their clearance sections and racks. This particular trip I wasn't in the mood to look at clothes so I headed for the clearance section in purses and accessories. When I first looked I really didn't see anything that screamed "take me home". I moved a few purses around and found it - a Vera Wang Simply Vera Melbourne Tote Bag in Black with White Python accent. The bag was beautiful and the regular price was $99.00. I really liked it but not $99.00 worth of like. I checked and there was a clearance sticker on it for $19.20, that price I could live with but wasn't absolutely positive I wanted it even at that price. I took it to the scanner just to double check since sometimes the prices on the tags aren't correct. The bag scanned at $9.90! Well, for 90% off I was in love! I bought myself the Vera Wang bag for my birthday and proudly told my friends of my find. It holds everything I need and I enjoy carrying it. It's one of the best gifts I've bought myself - mom would be proud!
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LJOYCE55 9/6/2014 4:57PM

  Great idea about buying yourself a birthday present. Absolutely love getting 90 percent off - good job birthday girl.

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NINETOZE 9/6/2014 10:59AM

    What a great find! SO rare that it makes it even better!
Enjoy your new bag.

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JIBBIE49 9/6/2014 1:53AM

    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday.

The Virgo child is born to a mother who wasn't happy with the money the father makes and so the Virgo child grows up always wanting to save money and be ready for "a rainy day." Her father was a good man but somewhat passive, so she listened to a lot of criticism. Shy by nature, the Virgo girl is always wondering "What do people think of me" and she worries that she won't be prepared, so she works very hard to keep up on everything so she isn't "caught with her pants down." She makes lists and keeps receipts. She can live alone and be very happy, but her best mates are Pisces, Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer, another Virgo and sometimes secretive Scorpio. She makes a great teacher or nurse as she loves to show others how to live well. She can be fat, but she isn't meant to be since it adds stress to her life and she doesn't need that. She needs alone time and her own space. She has few children. She can have problems with her intestines, so she needs to be careful with her diet. The Virgo woman will walk out on a bad relationship & not look back once someone tells her she isn't wanted. She worries. She hates loud noises. She has a "dark side" that she often only shows when she is with someone she really has a trust in. Think of Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall and Cameron Diaz. As Cameron said about being a Virgo "I don't need anyone to drive me nuts, as I do that for myself, just comes with being a Virgo." Self-criticism can be a real issue for Virgo. She needs to learn to "give herself credit" as she really is a very smart person.

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    Love this blog and I wish someone had told me this years ago. I did figure it out and it is when I treat myself to something - nothing too crazy or extravagant - this year it was some workout clothes and a gym bag.

Enjoy your new bag

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Today is my 51st birthday!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today I turn 51! Although I don't have any blood family I will be celebrating with my "family" of friends! I'm getting cupcakes from Sam's Club to celebrate. I refuse to not celebrate even though I'm working a fair with my girlfriend. I feel the best I have in a lot of years, physically and mentally. My "family" already knows today is cupcake day, I've been telling some people for a couple weeks, lol.

Today is going to be a good day no matter what! I only regret that some of my "family" won't be able to celebrate with me today but then I'll just remind them they missed out on cupcakes (nobody likes to miss out on cupcakes).

I'm going to enjoy my cupcakes (putting one away for later on). I'm going to make a cupcake sandwich by splitting the cupcake in half (top and bottom half), putting the bottom half on top of the frosting to make a cupcake sandwich! Frosting in every bite, yummy!

Well, here's to a great day with the best family possible!

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LJOYCE55 8/31/2014 8:15PM

  love the idea of the cupcake sandwich - happy birthday.

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ARIELHAY 8/31/2014 3:32PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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FIRECRACKERTT 8/31/2014 12:34PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Yeah Birthday cupcakes!! That's my kind of celebration!! Enjoy your day. :-)

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NYARAMULA 8/31/2014 11:49AM

    Happy birthday!

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JUDITHANNIE 8/31/2014 11:02AM

    Happy birthday and enjoy your cupcake.

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Pizza for dinner? Oh no!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I have some younger friends, I refer to them as "the kids" since they're young enough to be my kids, that I see on a weekly basis. We usually do dinner somewhere and catch up on our week and what's coming up. I really got serious about tracking everything within the last week or so and haven't told anyone that I'm working on losing a few pounds again. Not that I don't want to tell them, it's more of I want to see if I can do this without everyone worrying what I can and can't eat. Honestly, I can eat anything and everything as long as I'm smart about it.

Yesterday was one of those days when I just was never really hungry, those days are few and far between, BTW, LOL. One of the kids texted and asked what sounded good for dinner. In most cases, I don't have a preference since I can find something to eat just about anywhere. I told her I hadn't thought about it but what sounded good to her? She replied, pizza. My mind went PIZZA! Oh No, NOT PIZZA! but I said ok. After meeting up and spending 10 minutes deciding what pizza we had Domino's deliver pepperoni with extra cheese. I ate 3 slices and drank a bottle of water. I was full but in the back of my mind I was wondering how far over my limits had I gone. I reminded myself that even if I did go over it was only one meal on one day. I had another bottle of water on the way home and kept reminding myself it was ok, I had a decent amount of calories to spend on dinner and I wasn't going to worry about it either way.

I got home and got on SparkPeople and Domino's (to get the nutrition info). Although the slice of pizza was more calories than I would have liked I ended up still within my range for the day (except for sodium). I was so happy! I ended my day knowing that I can have pizza as long as I plan for it.

When I got up this morning I got on the scale and my weight was actually down. It's probably good that I had the pizza early in my restart so I can plan my weekly meetings with the kids and know that no matter where we eat as long as I make good choices it'll all be ok.

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LJOYCE55 8/9/2014 7:37PM

  Love that you were able to fit it in.

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Back from Sevierville

Monday, November 11, 2013

I just finished working a wholesale trade show with one of my bosses. I was nervous since I'd never worked with her before. She was as easy to work with as he was, what a great time we had! We had dinner at Cracker Barrel every night and tried different things, we agreed they have a nice atmosphere and a good cup of coffee. The show didn't turn out to be good but it gave me the opportunity to get to know her a little better. I do some trade shows on my own and working with her gave me the chance to ask some questions and bounce some ideas about how to make it easier for me when writing orders. It was a good week but we are both pet parents and missed our fur-kids. Even if it's awhile before I get to work with her again, we'll always have Cracker Barrel and coffee with Splenda!


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LJOYCE55 11/12/2013 8:03AM

  You really get to know someone better when you are with them so much of the day. Bet your pets were happy to see you when you got home. Have a great week.

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BARBANNA 11/11/2013 6:35PM

    That was a win, win for you! Glad you are back with your pets. My neighbor lost her dog a week ago and she is really devasted. I think I will send flowers and a card. It's harder than lossing a person.

Have a great Veteran's Day and remember to praise one of our hero's today!! emoticon

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