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Proud Mama

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Like most moms, I am very proud of my children (and DILs too). But right now I am busting with pride for my son, Michael, otherwise known in the SparkWorld as BUCKUNSTOPPABLE.

As my SparkFriends on Facebook know, Michael is having a fantastic year. He has been writing childrens' books for several years for an online curriculum company. This year they decided to take it to the next level and reach out to a broader audience. They launched their own label and his first juvenile fiction novel (Latasha and the Little Red Tornado) is going to be their first published book. It will be available in stores in November and can be pre-ordered on various websites right now. The online reviews have been great so far. But it gets better!

Last week we found out that he has been selected one of Pittsburgh's "40 under 40" for 2011. According to Pittsburgh magazine (the sponsor), honorees are selected based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the Pittsburgh region. There will be an article with pictures in their November issue and there is a big party that month as well.

Words cannot describe how proud I am! I always thought Michael was a great writer but sometimes thought maybe I was more than a little biased. I am so happy to see that others share my opinion. I am especially proud that he is writing children's books!

I have to add that my SP friends on Facebook have been the most supportive of my posts about Michael - more than family, co-workers, or 'real' friends. You guys are the best!

  
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SHAGADELIC 9/13/2011 9:02AM

    That's fantastic! Congratulations to Michael and to you, proud mama! emoticon

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DIANAOR1 9/10/2011 10:43AM

    emoticon congratulations you should be very proud! emoticon

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IFATFIRST77 9/10/2011 12:10AM

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/9/2011 9:21PM

    I am so happy for your WHOLE family!

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FITMRSKAYTE 9/9/2011 6:24PM

    That is amazing news! You must be bursting with joy! Congratulations on having such an accomplished son!

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KOBER9999 9/9/2011 6:13PM

    Awesome and Congratulations!

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DEBLYNN323 9/9/2011 4:35PM

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ANDEENNATE 9/9/2011 12:47PM

    Oh my, this is awesome!!!!,!

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/9/2011 12:24PM

    Congrats to your son and to you mama! You raised an amazing son! I know what it feels like to be a proud mama and have to tell you that you have done a super job raising him and can't wait to see a post about his new book when it comes out!

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MACMOM57 9/9/2011 10:14AM

    Thats awesome. I know I would be proud too. Way to go Michael. I cant wait to see the book.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 9/9/2011 6:34AM

    Congratulations to both of you

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BILLALEX70 9/9/2011 5:19AM

    Once again, WooHoo for Michael!

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TERRYT55 9/8/2011 11:05PM

    Cool! Congrats to both of you!

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LKEITHO 9/8/2011 10:43PM

    Wow! Congratulations to him and to you!

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TEE803 9/8/2011 10:39PM

    This is AWESOME! You did a GREAT job mom! You SHOULD be proud:-)

Hugs,

Tee:-)


Michael deserves THIS emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/8/2011 10:38PM

    What a wonderful honor! emoticon and emoticon to him for such a great accomplishment!

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PATTYS74 9/8/2011 10:23PM

    Wow Dj that is impressive I would be bursting with pride as well...woohoo...

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LINDABENEDICT 9/8/2011 10:19PM

    AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great honor for you and for him !!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/8/2011 10:14PM

    emoticon This is so awesome!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/8/2011 10:08PM

    Congratulations to Michael and to his very PROUD MAMA! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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No More Excuses

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Time to stop wasting time and get this weight off once and for all.

  
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DEBLYNN323 9/12/2011 7:53AM

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/9/2011 12:22PM

    Wahoooooooooo! Amen to that! emoticon

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MACMOM57 9/8/2011 8:14PM

    I with you on that Debbie. I know you can do it. Go White Tiger Go.

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LOOZINITNOW 9/8/2011 7:32PM

    You can do it and I am with you!

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DYNAMICDEB53 9/8/2011 5:58PM

    Absolutely you can do it!!!!!!

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WOUBBIE 9/8/2011 12:35PM

    Yes, you can do it!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/8/2011 12:34PM

    ME TOO! Doing it TOGETHER

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LYNNANN43 9/8/2011 10:16AM

    We really need to make time to get together to walk & talk!

We live so close & I MISS YOU!!!!!

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LTTLREDCORVETTE 9/8/2011 9:32AM

    woohoo, be fierce!!!

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BAM0827 9/8/2011 9:16AM

    We are all cheering for you!

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LAURIE5658 9/8/2011 8:48AM

    JUST DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BILLALEX70 9/8/2011 8:42AM

    You can do it!

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STRINGS58 9/8/2011 6:46AM

    GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! I know the feeling! Love yourself all the way, love yourself into doing it and love yourself for putting in each and every effort!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/8/2011 1:40AM

    I agree! Together we will do this.
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DRB13_1 9/8/2011 12:59AM

    emoticon You can do it - one day and one choice at a time, be persistent and never quit! emoticon emoticon

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MEYLOSE 9/7/2011 11:45PM

    I'll second that!! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/7/2011 11:26PM

    AMEN!!!!! Let's DO IT! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/7/2011 11:14PM

    Preach it sister! emoticon

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September 6

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Yeah, I know this says September 7th. It is 12:02 AM on my computer clock. With the exception of about 45 minutes for dinner, I have been doing schoolwork since 6:30 PM. The teacher gave us an extension on the first week's assignments because some people did not have the books.

Each week we have reading to do. We have to post a comment on a thread on Monday and then comment on other people's posts during the week. This is the 'classroom' portion of the week. We also have a written assignment that has to be submitted by Friday. Last week's assignments were due today instead of Friday. This week's assignments also had to be started today. Due to all the time I spent setting up my computer (and then cleaning up all the mess I made moving stuff out of the way and reconfiguring my desk) I did not do this work over the weekend.

This afternoon I got an email from my professor titled "Everything OK?" which reminded me that the assignments for Week 1 were due today. Way to make a good first impression, right? After I emailed back, she did say that my comments during the introductory discussion were "right on target" and she figured something must have happened.

I have huge anxiety about this participation. In a classroom (or meeting) setting, I usually do not offer my opinion first. I like to hear what others have to say before I speak. CHICKEN! This class will hopefully help me get over that.

  
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DYNAMICDEB53 9/7/2011 3:23PM

    Great that you have a teacher who checks in with you and is giving you such good feedback. Once you get into your rhymth you will be fine. Starting a new and challenging project can be daunting, but I know you can do this. I agree sometimes speaking up online is much easier than in person, a great way to start.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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BAM0827 9/7/2011 8:52AM

    Online may be just your way of starting to speak first. The slight bit of anonymity may help push you out of that comfort zone.

I just know you'll do great in your class - enjoy it!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/7/2011 8:13AM

    emoticon, you are smart and resourceful and dedicated. What more could
you ask for... ?

Happy Wednesday

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TRAVELNISTA 9/7/2011 7:08AM

    emoticon You will be fine. It can be scary but I know you have it in you! emoticon emoticon

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LYNNANN43 9/7/2011 12:35AM

    Sounds like you are really pushing your box! Good for you!

Best of luck with school, Miss Debbie! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 9/7/2011 12:16AM

    Listening before you speak makes a lot of sense to me. Hang in there! You can do this!

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"Spring Cleaning"

Monday, September 05, 2011

I spent today cleaning/reorganizing my home office. I am trying to make it more user-friendly for doing my classwork. I am happy to report that today I was able to access a class document that would not open on my old computer!

I found some things I forgot had - a couple of keepers but mostly in the trash or donation pile. I filled 4 kitchen-size trash bags and several boxes for the Vets.

I have one thing that I want to give to someone who will use it - a FitBit. Send me a SparkMail if you want it, with your mailing address. It will go to the first person who emails me.

Now to bed, as I am nodding off here...
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NEWME0519 9/6/2011 9:51PM

    It awesome to start a new season off by getting some cleaning done!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/6/2011 9:48PM

    emoticon Fall is around the corner. Glad you got organized. emoticon emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 9/6/2011 4:33PM

    Gotta love that feeling you get when you clean and reorganize!!

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BILLALEX70 9/6/2011 9:02AM

    Yay for cleaning house!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/6/2011 7:55AM

    Well you had a very good day. Getting rid of stuff no longer needed and giving to someone else is emoticon

I'm sure you really slept well!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/6/2011 7:46AM

    Looks like we were BOTH in the spring cleaning mode yesterday. Even if it is FALL cleaning! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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STRINGS58 9/6/2011 6:39AM

    I don't know what a fit bit is, so I guess I'm not a candidate. If it is something like a body bugg, then I'd be REALLY interested but that would be a big giveaway.

Enjoy the organization!!! Feels gooooooooood.

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New Computer

Sunday, September 04, 2011

We have been talking about getting me a computer for a long time. We debated between laptop and desktop and although I am still not positive it was the right decision, we decided to replace my desktop with a new desktop.

At first I resisted - I could work around the little glitches. So what if it froze up, lost posts, took forever to download... I hate change. But the more we talked about getting a new computer, the more I noticed how long it took to do things and how often I was rebooting to try to solve problems.

This week was the kicker. I started class this week and was having trouble accessing some of the information. Not only was my computer old and slow but my Office software was outdated too. When I got my book order from school there was an insert that said I could get Office 2010 for under $100 using my student email account. That was great, but I really didn't think it would work on my computer. Then yesterday I decided to attend a SparkLive meeting at the last minute since my DH had to work. This was the first time I accessed a meeting at home (the other times were in my office with a faster, more up-to-date computer). It was terrible. I could not get the microphone to work at all and once I got the sound working, it kept breaking up and stuttering. THAT was when I decided I needed to get the new computer.

Today we found a great sale and got me this wonderful new computer. Of course I have spent the entire day getting things set up and transferring my data from one computer to the other. I just finished putting my desk back together and right now I am a happy camper.

  
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LKEITHO 9/5/2011 10:36PM

    Sounds great! Have fun with it!

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FITGRL124 9/5/2011 9:53PM

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DYNAMICDEB53 9/5/2011 6:49PM

    How nice and now you will be able to do what you need to do with confidence that it will not get lost or take forever. Have lots of fun with it.
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Deb

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/5/2011 5:52PM

    I am so happy for you. Enjoy

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SCRAPPY_RN 9/5/2011 5:32PM

    I'm very happy for you. I know you are going to be much happier :)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/5/2011 1:27PM

    So glad that you got a good computer and were able to make sure that it was affordable at the same time. I know that it will be a big help with school. Sorry that I haven't been posting on your blogs. Somehow I got "UNSUBSCRIBED" to a bunch of the regular blogs that I post to. WEIRD. Oh well... sorry. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/5/2011 9:42AM

    Good for you! I'm all about saving some coin when you can but that thing was more problems than saving the money was worth.

BTW, what an AWESOME mousepad! emoticon

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FITMRSKAYTE 9/5/2011 9:24AM

    Nice! I need to bite the bullet and get a new computer as well- also for classes. Enjoy the new set up, I'll bet it is a lot less stressful to use!

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STRINGS58 9/5/2011 8:25AM

    Enjoy it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEVENGO2 9/5/2011 12:59AM

    Debbie,

Enjoy your new toy. I know it will be so very useful to you. It will get you sparking a lot faster! My computer is a Dell and is seven years old. Most of the time it works great but some days I want to smash it to pieces because of it being so slow or not working correctly. Two weeks ago I started to look for a new computer and I guess I scared this one because it has been humming along fine with hardly any glitches!

Here is to great computing,
Steven

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NEWME0519 9/5/2011 12:19AM

    Awesome! Enjoy your new toy!

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DRB13_1 9/5/2011 12:15AM

    emoticon on the new computer! It's amazing how fast the technology changes - 3 years and we are outdated! Enjoy! And thanks for the information on the Live Spark events. emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 9/5/2011 12:13AM

    Good luck with the new computer. I like desktops better but laptops are more convenient because you can use them anywhere. My desktop is real slow too and I will need a new one. I am not going to look into it unless I start contract processing again.

Last year I had too buy a new laptop and I still don't like it. My old one was so much better. Too late now. I wish they gave you a free 10 day trial, heck a few days would have been sufficient. I hated it from the getgo.

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SHYGRRL 9/5/2011 12:09AM

  Ooohhhh.. Congrats on your new computer.. I just LOOOOVVVVEEE getting new stuff.. especially computers! :) Lucky woman! :) Enjoy it!

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