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To cruise or not to cruise?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I am getting married in May, and we were thinking of taking a cruise to Alaska for a special trip, as a honeymoon. I would like to know other people's experiences on cruises, and suggestions for websites. Here are my pros and cons:

Pro: it is the only way to see Alaska

Con: I don't like boats, I don't like feeling trapped on a boat, I don't like the up and down of boats!!! Also, I envision a cruise as possibly being trapped with poor food, a tiny cabin, and irritating people.

I wonder if I could overcome all of this?

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KINEPS 2/20/2012 10:40PM

    I haven't had the pleasure of taking a cruise to Alaska -- although I would love to. I have had many family members who have taken cruises, and they loved it. I've known several people who have taken a cruise to Alaska and they loved it.

I think it would be beautiful and romantic. I'm sure a travel agent would be able to give you help and answer all of your questions. It would be a great way to honeymoon!!


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KSNANA2 2/18/2012 6:31PM

    My DH & I took a cruise to Alaska yrs ago and went on the Sea Princess. It is a smaller, older cruise ship with beautiful wood everywhere. It was more simple than some of the megaships of today, but I felt like I was in an Agatha Christie novel setting. The water is calmer in the Inside Passage, which was so helpful to me! Our first day out of Seattle was open water and I felt slightly ill. But the next days were all wonderful. I like Bonamine for motion sickness, and just used the tablets. Congrats and have a great time!

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JUDY1676 2/18/2012 5:49PM

    Cruise ships have stabilizers and that keeps them pretty even! The food is fantastic! Lots of choices every day. The scenery in Alaska is out of this world. We like cruises because you get to see many places and don't have to worry about caring .luggage from place to place! True, the cabins are small but there are lots of great and comfortable places to spend your time. (And, you have your room cleaned every day!)

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FISHINGLADY66 2/18/2012 3:59PM

    emoticon No help from me. Never been on one and don't know anyone who has. If you go I hope yo enjoy it.

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How did Friday get here?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wow, its Friday, already. (see Monday blog) I have been wracking (racking??) my brain trying to figure out one lifestyle change that would drop weight without having to count calories, even though I actually have fun with the tracker and I also use it to make sure I am getting enough calcium.

Ate strangely yesterday; went to a movie, and basically had popcorn and coke for dinner!!! I never ever drink any soft drinks, so I certainly feel okay about that part of it. I probably have not had a coke in two months.

I think if a person just stopped eating in restaurants altogether, he or she would lose weight and save money at the same time. That would be a huge lifestyle change. A hard one.

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FISHINGLADY66 2/17/2012 12:32PM

    I agree!

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Reusable Snack Bags

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I have been trying to make these reusable snack bags. My daughter paid a rather large amount of money for a few, so she asked me to make them, because they look so easy. The purpose is to save on all those baggies you use for food, especially with kids.

You use cute material, food grade plastic, and some velcro. I have a model to copy from.

First of all, they were not so easy. I have not sewed in a long time, and my brain is not functionally optimally these days. The first ones I made looked like they were made by the five year olds they were intended for. Crooked seams, out of proportion velcro, the food grade plastic not adhering......

So, I went online and found several actual patterns for making them. When I tried to print out the pattern, it would only print the picture and not the text. After wasting five pages of color ink and paper, I tried to figure out the cause, I spent an hour researching adobe downloader, googling "text won't print"---- Well, it turned out I was out of black ink. Now how stupid is that?

I may just buy more of them for her!!!

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MEME102 2/15/2012 6:12PM

    Well fortunately or unfortunately - my computer keeps telling me I'm out of ink!!! So therefore I don't have even have to think but what I really think is it asks for it LONG before it actually needs it -- so I just keep putting it off and then one of these days -- I will be doing what you did. I do try to keep a spare in the house once I get the message though.

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KSNANA2 2/15/2012 9:36AM

    This was funny! Thanks for sharing! I have never heard of these bags and plan on looking into it. Always trying to learn of ways to help the planet we pass on to the next generations. I do hope this won't mean more laundry though!

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JOANNS4 2/15/2012 9:07AM

    I think that's a nice idea. Sorry you had all the troubles. I have days like that, too. We all do and I give you a real congrats for hanging in there.
Jo Ann

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MTPOETNH 2/14/2012 7:16PM

    Interesting concept - I suppose you wash them between uses.. sounds like a frustrating time , let us know if you figure it out !! Peggy

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FISHINGLADY66 2/14/2012 5:25PM

    I've had days like that too. The bags sounds like a good idea. I hope you get it figured out. Better luck next time. emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/14/2012 3:38PM

    Isn't that a bummer. I've had the same thing happen to me. All you can do is glare at the printer, then apologize. emoticon

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JEANNE229 2/14/2012 2:23PM

    LOL. Black ink is something I would forget to check, too. The storage bags sound interesting. Never heard of that, but it also sounds "green" and worth the effort maybe?

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Is it Monday Morning again?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Really, it is sort of funny; every Monday, I feel like I have a fresh start, but then things seem to go downhill!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 2/13/2012 7:20PM

    I agree.. emoticon

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KINEPS 2/13/2012 11:25AM

    I feel the same way sometimes. Need to keep a positive attitude and look for the positives!! Any accomplishment -- no matter how big or how small -- is an accomplishment.

Make it a great day!!!


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JILLITA55 2/13/2012 9:48AM

    I hear ya! Pick one thing this week and just do it. Baby steps are good. Don't have to do everything right now.

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Trivia/Weigh in

Saturday, February 11, 2012

For some reason, the trivia questions got really hard, and I was not in the mood to try to look up the answers on the internet, just took wild guesses, and now am back down to my 69%. Eggs do not have vitamin C. I should have known that, if I had given the question some thought. My goodness, a five year old knows that Vitamin C goes with the orange juice questionn.

Even though Spark says only weigh once a week, I think for me it is better to weigh every day. First of it, it makes it easier to establish as a habit. Secondly, it makes it easier not to lie to myself and be dismayed when I have "gained" one pound or elated when I have "lost" one pound. There is a real three pound range that varies. I will know I have lost weight when that range goes down day after day.

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VINGRAM 2/11/2012 4:43PM

    I cannot make myself weigh more than once a week....and the news has not been good lately. Maybe I should try once a day! vista emoticon emoticon

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SUEO451 2/11/2012 4:38PM

    I do d daily weight too - it helps keep me motivated!

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JEANNE229 2/11/2012 12:46PM

    I weigh much more often than "advised" too. Trivia can be tough. I keep trying, though.

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FISHINGLADY66 2/11/2012 11:16AM

    I like weighing every morning, because it helps keep me on track. If I am up a little in the morning, it could be water retention and I watch my sodium through out the day. I realize being up a pound does not mean I gained a pound of fat. I feel like what ever works for you is what you should do. Everyone is different in their thinking. Stay focused and you will make progress.

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MTPOETNH 2/11/2012 9:48AM

    What ever works best for you and keeps you motivated is the thing to do! Spark offers a lot of great information and we all have to decide whether it makes good sense to us or not .
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I used to weigh myself daily until I was in a program at work that made us take a written pledge that we wouldn't get on the scale for the first 8 weeks of the program. It was a very hard habit to break. I actually "blogged" about the challenge it was so hard. emoticon

I think the reasoning behind asking us to take this "pledge" for our "change for life " program was to avoid the discouragement that some people face when they get on the scale and don't like the number they see... especially when they have been trying hard and the scale is not budging. The leaders wanted us to see progress in other things we were doing like how our clothes fit better or how much stronger we felt with regular exercise . emoticon emoticon emoticon

Now I weigh myself once or twice weekly and sometimes I am happy with the number there and other times discouraged AND if does provide a check point for me to keep me from regaining too much of the weight I have worked so hard to loose.

Good luck in you weight loss journey and with your friend or foe " the scale" emoticon emoticon Peggy

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EMGERBER 2/11/2012 8:50AM

    I am with you on daily weighing, It works for me. It is a check in to help me stay focused. If I am the same of down I am motivated if I have up I am even more motivated to make better choices.

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