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Taking a break.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

I have been blogging diligently for the last 2.5 years.

Right now there are some things going on that isn't as dramatic as my son being in the hospital, but I really just need a break for a couple of weeks from Spark. I'll be back in a couple of weeks after I've had time to reset myself.

I know that I have many people that read this daily and enjoy what I have to say. I promise I'll be back soon. I love this site! I just need to work on what needs to be a priority right now.

Keep on Sparkin! Keep on making the best decisions for yourself! Keep on trusting that you know what is the best decision for you and your body!

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TANYA602 8/10/2014 2:57PM

    Be sure to take care of yourself and your family. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. And hugs.

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CANDYMOUSE 8/10/2014 11:40AM

    Look forward to seeing you back, soon. emoticon

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JAMER123 8/10/2014 1:27AM

    Take care and take your time to get back to where you want to be. We will be here awaiting your return. I do understand the need for a break.
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ACRAIG921 8/10/2014 12:10AM

    Take care and we'll see you when you get back.

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KAREN608 8/9/2014 11:31PM

First things first!

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FRAN0426 8/9/2014 11:20PM

    Take care and work on what is priority at present for you.

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CATTUTT 8/9/2014 9:28PM

    Take care of yourself, see you when you get back!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/9/2014 8:04PM

    Take care of yourself. We'll look forward to your return.

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LJOYCE55 8/9/2014 7:46PM

  Take care of yourself and hurry back.

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Thursday, Positive Focus, Day 99

Friday, August 08, 2014

The kids managed to get their rooms done by the end of the day. I had them going through their clothes to find out what could come out of the closet and what needed to be replaced by the time school started. Fortunately only some jeans and shoes are in need this year. They've got a lot of shirts and my daughter has enough skirts. I'm glad I don't need to get a whole new wardrobe for them.

The only thing I really needed to do was a load of laundry so my daughter had her easiest to get on and off swimsuit for Friday's birthday party she was invited to.

I started my day out with my normal breakfast, although it felt way too big for me today, despite being the normal size.

Lunch was leftovers from the night before. Cold pizza is always easy to eat.

And I had my second piece of Smore's pizza.

For my mid-afternoon snack, I had some bbq peas from this month's Naturebox.

Dinner was easy to heat up. Just some hot dogs and mac n' cheese. I made sure to have veggies instead of the chips I had my husband pick up. Seemed like too much starch in one meal otherwise.

I've been working on another sculpture. The baby head is turning into a whole model. Hopefully I won't burn this one too, but I'm going to wait for sure until I get an oven thermometer before I bake this one.

Fitbit step count: 2,667


Wednesday, Positive Focus, Day 98

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I'm finding that I'm having a lot more lazy days than usual. The most I'm doing is supervising the kids going through their clothes so that we can decide what they really need for back to school in a few weeks. I had grocery money today, so I did get out at the end of the day and do some grocery shopping, but I'll wait until the weekend for the rest of my major shopping. It takes small steps to get to the final product, and this is making sure my home is school day organized again. We'll be practicing getting up with the alarm in a week or so, I tend to start doing that two weeks before school starts so we're all back on that schedule. We always have a bedtime, but summer tends to allow us to sleep in and I'm not getting up until 9 some days.

I had my normal breakfast to start my day.

With few items in my fridge, I reheated the rice from the day before and tossed some veggies on a plate, along with the rest of one of the nut blends I had.

After lunch, I had the last piece of fudge I can have, there were two other pieces, one for each kid.

My mid-afternoon snack was a banana.

The husband brought home dinner, Papa Murphy's pizza.

Along with dessert pizza.

I ran out to grocery shop after dinner, bringing my daughter with, and got some lunch and snack stuff, along with the holiday of the day, root beer floats.

That was the first time in over a year and possibly the last two years I had some pop. With the ice cream, and being one of my favorite flavors, it was worth it. If I had it daily, I don't think it would be as tasty. A treat is only a treat if it's not a daily thing.

Fitbit step count: 3,509

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FRAN0426 8/8/2014 12:06AM

    YUMMMMMMMMMMMMy Root beer float, at least one or two during the summer is a must.

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Tuesday, Positive Focus, Day 97

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Today was national "Night to Unite" (also called "National Night Out", but some places don't use that name because I heard they need to pay for that use). During the day we worked on laundry and by the end of the day we realized that we were going to be able to eat dinner for free. Since I live near a park, that's where our night out was. I did manage to chat with a couple of neighbors, but I pretty much still don't know most of them. The kids had fun playing in the bouncy house, the hamster balls, and the slip and slide (we have a really big hill with a super long plastic slide). My son ended up hula hooping for about an hour and got a bunch of bead necklaces.

I naturally had breakfast early in the day, although I did get that first load going before I did anything. Laundry must be part of my multi-tasking.

The kids reminded me that we needed to eat around noon, so I ended up making salmon and wild rice. I always cook my fish in real butter, it's one of the few things I actually use oil for cooking.

About an hour later, I managed a snack. Some Lemon Pucker Pistachios and a banana.

I made some fudge today. Once it was hardened, I cut it up and passed them out. I wanted chocolate again today.

Dinner was on the city today. Target donated some of the things too. I'm glad that they were giving us the option of water to drink instead of just some kind of pop. Yes, I had a cookie to go with my meal today, it was some kind of ginger cookie.

When we got back in, I let my husband know I had fudge and I had some more too. I was trying to grab one, but they were stuck together, so I had three.

When we sat down to relax for the night, I worked on one more head. Today I felt like a baby head since I found an especially cute picture of a baby. I hope to have this one done by the end of next week, but I plan on waiting until I get an oven thermometer before I dry this one out.

I'm not sure if I want to keep on going with this every day blogging. It's starting to take up too much of my time and I'm actually finding things that I need to get done. I haven't played any of my facebook games in a week now, so that's helping. My mood comes and goes with this, but for now I'm still blogging daily. I may change it up after year 3 shows up in January. I'll have to think about this more as I go, but I'm feeling comfortable with where my body is now, even with 25 pounds left to go.

Fitbit step count: 5,247

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FRAN0426 8/6/2014 8:02PM

    We always went to our blocks night out, everyone brought their own meat to BBQ and everyone always brought a dish to share. Now that our son owns the house he has gone the past two years. I rather miss visiting with the neighbors, and meeting the new ones that moved in since the last night out.

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SUEARNOLD1 8/6/2014 4:21PM

    I love the new head - you really need to keep this up!

As to the blogging - keep it up. Maybe a couple times a week if it gets too much but it's good for us. Especially when you know someone has read it and has a comment or two.

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PICKIE98 8/6/2014 2:52PM

    Blogging keeps me organized and accountable..

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CATTUTT 8/6/2014 2:43PM

    Horray for free dinner! And I love the head!

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144AUTUMN 8/6/2014 2:30PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Monday, Positive Focus, Day 96

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

My headache was more or less gone. At the very least it wasn't as horrible as the first day, I really didn't notice it anymore. I was in the mood to finish off the sculpting part of my statue and get it dried out. I didn't have enough of certain colors, so I ended up walking into town since the kids were off with the grandparents for the day.

For some reason I was really hungry all day long. Breakfast didn't fill me like it usually does.

So I had a banana before I set out for that mile walk each way into town.

When I got home I set up some lunch, my usual veggies thrown on a plate.

My mom dropped off Twinkies when she picked up the kids in the morning. Ii couldn't resist one, it was the banana flavored one.

Mid-afternoon, while my statue was drying, I had a snack of the BBQ Kettle Kernels.

After finding out my oven ruined another thing I put into it (I ruin cakes all the time in this oven) and burnt my statue instead of dimply drying it, I made dinner. I picked up some cheesy pasta and breadsticks when I was in town. It's just tomato sauce on top, no herbs today.

A strong desire for chocolate hit me, so I meandered downstairs to the vending machine and got a candy bar. This is part of the downfall of having a vending machine in the entryway of our apartments.

I did managed to finish off the sculpting of my statue before the oven ruined it. It took a dozen hours and a lot of clay just for it to be totaled. I'll have to get an oven thermometer to make sure it's at the right temperature next time, I already have it 25 degrees lower than what it says because I know it runs hot after the maintenance man "fixed" it last. I'm afraid to get him to fix it again, last time it was because it wasn't heating at all. I'll have to set some test clay in there before I set in a good model again.

I guess I'll have to call it practice until I get it right and have something worth selling, which is my ultimate plan. I'll have to sculpt some heads so I can practice painting too. At least I got a lot of walking to get the ingredients for it.

Fitbit step count: 8,641

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MPLSKEN 8/6/2014 9:33PM

    Love the sculpture! And, great step count!
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BEACHCALSIX 8/6/2014 11:05AM

    Super cute!! Sorry the oven burned it argh!!
Vending machines get me every time. There is actually one in our gym! ridiculous! I have given in and gotten something after a good workout several times :D

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TRUCKERSMRS 8/6/2014 3:50AM

    Love your little man. Look forward to seeing more images as you make them and really hope you can make a little business out of it.

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FRAN0426 8/5/2014 10:26PM

    Really like the sculpture. Ingenious way of making the shirt.
I haven't had one of those hostess cream cakes for years, my mouth is watering.

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CATTUTT 8/5/2014 9:16PM

    Love the little man! Especially the leaves as his shirt. Looks great!

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HOLLYM48 8/5/2014 8:21PM

    Wow, that is really neat. Very artistic and I love the leaves around his chest as his shirt. Great detail!

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WIFE48 8/5/2014 4:24PM

    Love you good pictures.

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