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If you're going to eat it, then savor it!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm sitting here, eating one bag of peanut butter M&M's. I am breaking the "Don't eat after 8:00 pm rule (another rule that I'm breaking!), but I am making sure that I am aware of every bite! I am eating them one at at time, breaking off the outer shell (oral dexterity...LOL!) and then letting the peanut butter melt in my mouth. They have lasted almost 20 minutes now! Last one...done!

Which got me to thinking....shouldn't I savor everything I eat? No, really, EVERYTHING!!! I don't. Not by a long shot. There are some days that I couldn't even tell you what I ate, let alone how much I ate. Today at lunch, I sat on the patio at work (sooooo warm, so pleasant, so wonderful) and ate my food. About halfway through the "entrée" I realized that I was full. Part of that was because I was drinking a Diet Pepsi (carbonation makes you feel fuller...until the carbonation is released! LOL!). But part of it was probably because I wasn't hungry any more. Weird, huh?

So you know what I did? Yep...I finished the whole thing! LOL! Afterward I didn't feel overly stuffed as though I had eaten way too much. But I did start to wonder if I would have been just as satisfied with less. Why didn't I stop? Because I was afraid! I was afraid I would be hungry later! emoticon BTW...I had a string cheese in my lunch pail and two boxes of Fiber One bars at my desk and peanuts at another desk and vending machines if push came to shove. In other words, there was plenty of food available should I get hungry. And healthy food at that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

But not finishing my food is breaking one of those rules. And it would make me get out of my rut. And the starving kids in Africa would starve more if I didn't finish every bite! Right?


What? No? I don't have to finish the food just because it's there? Are you sure? Hmmm...I'll have to think about that...and savor every bite. When I'm no longer savoring, maybe I'll stop eating. What a concept!

  
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GEEMAWEST 7/15/2010 9:38PM

    This little scenario sounds all too familiar. All of it!!

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DONNAORLENE 7/15/2010 8:54PM

    You've probably found the secret of your success to maintaining your weight loss. I think it's that new book "Eat, Pray, God" suggests you should never deprive yourself of anything but if you are going to eat it savor every bite. And when you do eat, always savor every bite so that when you are full, you recognize it and STOP eating! (I'm just sayin'....makes sense......that's what they're sayin'.......easy to do?......I doubt it. But I suppose we could try it!
LOL!!!!(that's what we're saying!)

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/15/2010 6:19PM

    Yep, that's the one rule my folks drummed into me so well I have palpitations if I try to break it, then I have this urgency to clear my plate as quickly as possible so the kids in India (it was India in my day) are grateful. Yeah(!)

My head always overrules my stomach and I always eat more than I need to. I get that fear of being hungry and it is such a stupid thing to be frightened of when it's never been a reality. I mean, I could understand if I'd lived through war and famine, but we haven't in my lifetime (not in the UK). Then again, I grew up with grandparents who had been through 2 wars and rationing and had known what it was to go without. My gran taught me how to shop, how to cook and what a "portion" looked like. She was a wonderful woman, but those 2 wars had shaped her outlook on food she didn't have a clue! She was so determined that she'd never go without ever again, much less her favourite granddaughter (me), that she always over-fed everyone and that has stuck with me throughout my life.

I hope to break this conditioning at some point, although I sometimes feel like it'll never happen. But I have to keep trying, otherwise I'll never lick this.

Keep on savouring your food (even Peanut Butter M&Ms - we don't get those over here) and savour life while you're at it.
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STEELKICKIN 7/15/2010 10:59AM

    You and your peanut butter m&ms. I'll never be able to look at another bag of them the same again. I'll be thinking of you eating them in your stripper boots...cough, cough, your TEENY stripper boots, LOL!!



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BETHGILLIGAN 7/15/2010 10:18AM

    I just had the same experience! Went to lunch on tuesday with dear friends. Ordered a fairly healthy wrap. Ate half--felt fine. I could have taken the other half with me or I could have even left it on the plate. Did I?? Of course not!! I ate it!!! Then I thought about it all afternoon! Bad choice--hope to do better next time. Oh, yeah, now I'm out to buy some M&Ms!!! YUMMY!

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SUZYMOBILE 7/15/2010 9:56AM

    Eating only when hungry and stopping when full is a tough one! I've had it as a goal for a long time now, and I'm sad to report that my streak percentage is dismal! Often I can do the "eat only when hungry" part, but what's the deal with leaving a third of your prepacked lunch salad? That just seems like a sin. And what about the dreaded midnight snack? I can't claim that I'm hungry at that hour! Argh!!

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BKNOCK 7/15/2010 6:07AM

    That is a hard rule to break! To this day if I leave food on my plate at the house my father will look at me and ask what is wrong, why are you not eating? LOL, I am full Dad. We were always forced to finish our plate as kids.

Great blog and food for thought!

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JAZZIE28 7/15/2010 12:38AM

    Very funny...Glad you enjoyed your peanut M&M's (I like them as well).
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New thrills, chills and screams?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

As most of you know, I took the kids to the water park (again) today. We've gone multiple times and the wildest ride I've gone on is the Wave Pool. It is a big pool that has large waves for 10 minutes at a time, then 10 minutes of relative calm, throughout the day. Even when I went on that "ride," I didn't venture past the blue line that non-swimmers aren't supposed to cross. Yes, I can swim. I'm just a sissy-la-la-wah-wah-girl! LOL!

Well, this year I've ventured outside my comfort zone. Today, I went on the family ride with the kids. Tube, water, slide. Then I went on the slide. Tube, water, slide. Then we went on the racing slides. Tube, water, slide. Seeing a pattern here? That's just it...so did I! LOL!! Every ride there is just some variation of tube (or no tube), water and sliding!

So then it was my turn to choose a ride. And going potty and sitting down reading are not rides - according to the kids! LOL! So I chose the Viper's Vortex. It basically looks like a big toilet bowl and the ride ends when you get "flushed"! LOL! We went up the ride and DD and I went in a tube together. DS wanted to go alone, so we let him. I was in front and I swear that first drop was 100 feet up and straight down! emoticon I screamed! And I was scared! And then I laughed! And then we did it again!!!! What an absolute blast. We continued to ride rides for about 90 minutes. Then I had to stop for water and reapplication of sun screen (and so did the kids). Then I was hungry and tired so I rested a little. And then we did it again...another 30 minutes or so.

It was a great day, but now I'm done. I made dinner (twice), started auctions, packed my lunch for tomorrow and picked out clothes. I've even done my SParking for the day. I think I can safely go to bed now! And it's not yet 10:00! Thank goodness, cos I could use the sleep! LOL!

Night all. Five more wake ups until my STAY-cation!!!

  
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MUSIC66 7/14/2010 6:20AM

    glad you had fun.

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DONNAORLENE 7/13/2010 1:20AM

    You got over that sissy-la-la-Wah-Wah-Girl thing pretty fast! LOL!!! How funny! I think that's great! I missed a lot of that with my kids because breathing and swimming doesn't get along too well, but I think we probably made up for it in other ways. (That is when we weren't chasing down toilet paper, and shoes and rugs! LOL!! changing OCD! Too funny he's 23 and it is still changing.) Well I'm glad you had a great day with your kids. You're not only a great wife, you're a great Mom! Most people probably think your just one of the kids you're so tiny anyway....hey! hey! hey! don't get excited...that's meant as a compliment! Only five days and WOW...you can water slide your heart out! Have a good week! And remember, I'm still out here in good ol Homedale thinking of you and praying for you. You're a great friend too an old lady!
LOL! Take care and good night!

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JOHNTJ1 7/12/2010 8:33PM

    Kids bring out the kid in us dont they? The next thing you know we are all young again and lose our inhibitions.

I read a quoter today that crossed my mind after I read your blog

"Even saints have to sleep and prophets need to have fun sometimes."

Who knows, maybe you are both

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STEELKICKIN 7/12/2010 10:32AM

    I wouldn't have went near that with a ten-foot pole. I don't like water. I can't swim. You have a lot more guts than I do. Kudos to you, girl! You little thrill-seeker, you....
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SWEETPEA0214 7/12/2010 7:08AM

    So proud of you for going outside of your comfort zone. I think when we become adults, we forget the plain old thrill of an adrenaline rush. Sounds like you had a blast. And kind of a pre-vacation day huh?

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BKNOCK 7/12/2010 6:18AM

    I love the wave pool, it's been years! Wow, sounds like you guys had a terrific time and it sounds like vacation is just around the corner!

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GEEMAWEST 7/11/2010 11:44PM

    WOW! That sounds like soooooo much fun! I wish we had a park like that close by. I'm so jealous. But happy that you and your kids had fun.

Thanks again for the extra miles on the Walk to Australia.

Cheryl

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Breaking the rules...is that allowed?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I am BIG on rules. There are rules and they are there for a reason and everyone should follow them! EVERYONE!! Unless it's a stupid rule and then you can ignore it. But I get to decide which rules are stupid. emoticon

Most of the rules I follow are ones that I "wrote" for myself. Don't get me wrong...I obey the law (usually) and follow policy at work. But the rules that came to mind today are self-imposed. For example, when putting away dishes, the clean dishes go on the bottom of the pile. That way, all the dishes get used evenly and none of them feel left out. emoticon Same thing with towels, clothes, etc. Now...don't think I'm TOO crazy. I don't try to make the family follow that rule...much. hee hee. Another rule is that if you already own something that works, you use that. You don't go out and buy something better just cos it exists. Probably comes from growing up on a farm. A working farm. No money. No new things unless you really needed them. Or earned extra money for them.

This morning, I had a bunch of stuff that I wanted/needed to get done so the kids and I could get to the water park early enough to get the best seat. I went to the gym first (yay me!) and took two small towels to wipe the sweat off my face (I don't like the ones the gym provides). One of them was old and the stenciling/pattern/whatever on it was starting to come off. That made the towel really rough and it kinda hurt when I used it to wipe away the sweat. In fact, I've had that one and a couple like for close to a year. I don't like using them, but I have them, so they go in the rotation. I finally realized today (AHA moment!) that I never go through all of the towels I have for the gym in one week. I have plenty of the towels I DO like that I could use. I can throw the ones I don't like away...or use them to wash the car or give it to the dog to chew on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Then I started to wonder if any of my other rules were perhaps too stringent. Should I look at some of the things I've lived by for years and see if changes need to be made?





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_MAOMAO_ 7/16/2010 7:47PM

  I so, so relate! Yeah, rules are here for a reason, for safety. Unless *I* know it's a stupid rule, it stands.

Dishes wear out sooner if they're not rotated.

I, also, have to remind myself that sometimes I need to adjust my own rules!
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CORINNAW71 7/12/2010 6:33AM

    I don't rotate, but I know that my sister does with clothing and probably linen. I'm not sure if she does with plates or not. Just so you know....plates and towels don't actually have feelings and don't really care how often they are used emoticon I'm glad you decided not to use the scratchy towel anymore and will downgrade it! emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 7/11/2010 10:01PM

  Rotation is the only way to go. I would rotate my dishes, but my son has broken most of them. Paper plates don't wash well! I do rotate anything made of fabric to increase the life of it.
I too don't replace with better just for the sake of trading up. I do replace broken with upgrades. If I can, I replace with recycled.

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RWETHAIRYET 7/11/2010 8:40PM

    Heehee, I don't own enough towels or linens to worry about rotating. Dishes,eh!, I do however insist that food items be lined up a certain way in my cupboards, so I can tell at a glance what I need or don't need...It drives me nuts when hubby puts them away in the wrong places.
As for the towel, I don't know if I could actually throw it away, haha,but for sure it would go into the pile for mopping up pet messes, or in the trunk of the car for checking oil/radiators etc.
Nice thing about having your own rules that you don't necessarily make others follow....its up to you when to break them and when to keep em, haha!

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CMRAND54 7/11/2010 2:20PM

    My husband rotates the dishes - he unloads the dishwasher - and he rotates the clean glass ware to the back of the shelf. He also does the laundry - yes, he's a keeper - and he matches the color of his shirts to the color of the hanger he hangs them on. That's all a little much for me. I have different colors of underwear and I match them to the color of the clothes I'm wearing, so it's not a strict rotation. We're all a little OCD, just in different ways.

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/11/2010 1:14PM

    That's just crazy to rotate dishes!! Everyone knows that rule only applies to linens and underwear!!!! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 7/11/2010 1:02PM

    Yep, a while ago I instituted two towel piles--a good one and one for drying the dog with and mopping up spills. And I rotate my underwear. The clean panties go in the back of the drawer, and they remain in rotation until they no longer work!

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THAMLEY 7/11/2010 9:50AM

    I can totally relate. I used to abide by many of those same statutes in my earlier years, when I was raising my children. I had a realization that while trying to work a stressful, fulltime job, take care of a home and manage a family, I had to become more relaxed. You have to do what will keep your sanity. I find it is better to love and enjoy everything and let go of things that don't make you feel great. As far as the more, more, more, now, now, now thing---Nah. Use what we have, I am the queen of improvisation! Can you believe I have a couple of towels from wedding presents, 30 years ago? Those were the "good" towels, not to be used unless quest were coming. Good tableware, 40 years old--barely used. Now, I've learned how precious life is. It's kinda like the "good" perfume; only for SPecial occasions. Using all the good stuff now. Everyday is a treasure, enjoy everyday life. Hey, I believe there are no rules-- that way they can't be broken!
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CARLANNIE 7/11/2010 9:42AM

    Tee hee - I want to know which rules you think are the stupid rules that you get to ignore????

My little OCD thing that I get chided for by my family is stacking plates on the dinner table (or in a restaurant) after I am finished eating. I hate sitting around the table talking and having dirty plates staring me in the face. I just tell people I'm "a stacker"!

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ROUGHNTUMBLE 7/11/2010 9:12AM

    I'd say break the rules if they need to be broken and keep those rules that are good to follow. I am proud to be a woman who breaks the rules at times.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/11/2010 8:50AM

    I couldn't agree with you more. I grew up with similar rules in my household, which I've continued. It makes perfect sense to rotate things, as they'll last longer. The same goes for gadgets. If it ain't broke, you don't need a new one. Be happy with what you've got, instead of having to have the latest thing.

As a society, we're pressured into being highly consumptive, while at the same time being told to reduce our carbon footprint and recycle as much as possible. It's such a confusingly mixed message that, unless a person has a strong grounding, like you're giving you kids, they'll just get swept along on a wave of peer pressure and media advertising.

You sound like a great parent. Stick to your rules and hopefully your kids will carry them with them when they fly the nest.

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TORNADO40 7/11/2010 8:15AM

    Wow people rotate towels? I had never thought of that. I don't have that may towels to begin with so that would not really work in my house!

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BKNOCK 7/11/2010 7:36AM

    You crack me up! Somebody has to keep things in order!

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FITKAT2010 7/11/2010 6:20AM

    I think rules help us run a smooth life. There are tons of rules I break, but not my own.....LOL LOL I rotate too and think it's a fine rule.

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KENDRACARROLL 7/11/2010 2:48AM

    I do the dish thing, too emoticon

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DONNAORLENE 7/11/2010 1:13AM

    No, more like OCD, 'cause I've noticed you are like this about a lot of things. I'm mildly OCD (used to be worse when I could be) and Marshall, well Marshall is a whole different story and what he is OCD about changes from one season to the next. Like at one time the rugs to wipe your feet on always had to be lined up exactly flush with the door. And if ANYONE took their shoes off he would go over and line them up evenly side by side perfectly. And he would knock people down coming out of the bathroom to make sure the toilet paper was torn evenly across! LOL!! You should have seen some peoples faces! And his socks have to fit on his feet just right or he can't wear them. I've given away more socks than he's worn. Same way with his shoes and underwear and shirts...well pretty much all of his clothes. I was so glad when they went tagless because if I didn't get to the tags first and if he did he usually cut too close and cut the clothes too! The one place his OCD didn't translate to was his bedroom - imagine that! I really can't figure it out!
Anyway, didn't mean to get off on a tangent there! Sounds like you stayed cool today even if it was outside. I stayed inside alone. Marshall went to his Aunt's for the weekend. So I'm all alone - Boo! Hoo! Been watching the TV - lots of movies, reading, writing, playing computer games, crocheting, can't sleep. Had to up my steroids...I have a rub in my good lung (like I have a good lung! LOL!). The doctors hoping and praying that it's not pneumonia again and so am I! My oxygen sats keep dropping again and I can't get a handle on why. Oh well, enough of the whoa is me stuff. God is able and He's done it before and He'll do it again! Well, I'd say I'm going to bed but I'm already their and I'm not going to sleep that's for sure so I'll just say goodnight and hope you have a fun day tomorrow!

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CALIMAN1 7/11/2010 12:08AM

    oh my....are you a RULEAHOLIC???? Do we need a Spark team for you?????

I really enjoyed your blog and loved the way you ended with "nah...."

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SWEETPEA0214 7/10/2010 11:57PM

    What you call rules I call my obsessive-compulsive disorder - at least when I do them. Of course, I also call them my anal disease LOL. When I start doing stuff like that, I make myself just do something totally opposite. I like my silverware in the drawer in a certain way - so if I am getting too obsessive about it, I make myself put it in different (I have two sets of silver - both different patterns). One of the worst things I do is I can't sit down to eat until I have put everything on the counters away and they are wiped clean. So my food gets cold while I am clearing off my counters, etc. I try and make myself sit down and just eat, but sometimes the "need" is too great to ignore - almost like an itch that needs to be scratched and I have to get up and put away whatever is on the counter.

Obsessive/compulsive disease (even very mild cases like I've got) is an attempt at gaining some control in your life. I think our weight has us feeling so out of control that we have the need to control other areas of our lives. I think we just need to lighten up on ourselves. I love Edamuk's idea of playing Superman with your towels. I can just visualize that. And for me - I'll take my silverware out of the trays, lay it on my counters and go eat my hot breakfast, lunch or dinner. What do you say - wanna live dangerously??????

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ELYMWX 7/10/2010 11:08PM

    Well, that would depend upon what the rules are!

Don't run with scissors? Might be a good one to keep.

Keep the toilet seat down? Why not make a new rule, and keep it up instead?

Spin three times around before going to bed? That one can probably be dropped.

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EADAMUK 7/10/2010 10:37PM

    emoticon I too have some rules others might think are a little crazy... sometimes I will break them too though and mix it up. I like having a bit of order around the place, but I'm not too set in my ways that I can't it up now and again! I say take those towels out of rotation, tie one round your head and run around the house making plane noises.... too crazy? ok, no need to scare the family i guess.

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Drum Lessons

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Two Christmas' ago, we got my son a drum set. He really didn't play it much, but then, he didn't really know how. So, for the last two months, DH has been taking DS into town once a week for drum lessons. Apparently, he picks up on new beats very quickly. He hears the beat once and he has it! I'm impressed and not just cos he's my kid! LOL!

This weekend is the Portland Expo in (you guessed it!) Portland Oregon. DH has been planning to go and was originally planning to leave today. That would mean that I would need to take DS to his drum lessons. Okay. No problem. In fact, kinda looking forward to it! emoticon Then DH changes his plans. He's still planning to go, but doesn't need to be there for the expensive Friday "first" day. He's going to leave tomorrow. Which means he can take the boy to drum lessons. emoticon

Okay. I wanted to go and listen in, but this is a Dad/Son thing and I'm not going to try to mess that up. DD is spending the night at a friends, the boys will be at lessons...wait...that means I'll have the house to myself!! I can do ANYTHING I WANT!!! Oh, the possibilities that go through my head. Hope you're sitting down because this list is on-the-edge-of-your-chair EXHILARATING!!

1. Work out
2. Spray vinegar on the weeds and grass feed on the...yes...grass
3. Cook dinner
4. Sit on my butt and read
5. Spark!

I'm sure I could have come up with a lot more options, but on the way home I get a phone call from DH. He always seems to call just as I'm rounding this one corner. So I'm trying to shift, turn down the radio and answer the phone all at once. Ugh! But I digress. DH is telling me that if I want to join the boys for drum lessons, I'd better chop chop and get my little butt home (yep, he said "little"!).

What?!? I get to go? Yippee! I chop-chopped and got my butt home! Drum lessons were pretty cool, too. DH and I sat on a couch in an adjoining room where we could hear everything, but not be in the way. DS really does catch on very quickly. And he seemed so driven!! The teacher would show him one beat, he would practice it two or three times and then be ready for the next one. it was like he had a goal in mind...to learn ALL of the beats and he wanted to get it done NOW! Not sure where he gets that! LOL!

After lessons, we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant that we all really like. So now I have two meals that I can put on the menu to guarantee myself a night with no cooking...chicken parmesan and tamale corn pie! My two favorite recipes! LOL!

  
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USERNAMEDD 7/10/2010 10:24PM

  Hey! does spraying vinegar really kill the weeds?

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AUNTIEANNE22 7/9/2010 10:55PM

  Don't you feel just a little guilty that you didn't get your list done? LOL
My son took drum lessons for a while but the drum weighed more than he did and he got tired of dragging it home to practice. He also set his goal to get good grades and that was a lot of work for him.


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GEEMAWEST 7/9/2010 8:50PM

    Hope he can practice in the garage and not in your living room!

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SUZYMOBILE 7/9/2010 1:26PM

    That sounds like a LOT more fun than spraying vinegar on your butt and reading the grass feed ... um, wait ... sitting on the dinner and cooking the Spark? Um ... well, anyway, drum lessons were MUCH better, I'm sure! How would you know what to do with all that time to yourself?

Have a great weekend!

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STEELKICKIN 7/9/2010 8:18AM

    That is so cool. A lot of the boys here in our town had drumming lessons early and quite a few of them joined bands when they got in their teen years. That could be where he is headed! Good luck to him. Trust me...there's nothing like seeing your kid on stage playing for a bunch of screaming girls.

You sound just like me when the house is empty. Except I squeeze in polishing the doorknobs! LOL!
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MUSIC66 7/9/2010 6:16AM

    that great my middle son plays guitar and french horn.

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BKNOCK 7/9/2010 6:03AM

    How exciting! I am glad that you got to hear him play! Are the beats still beating through your head?

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Vacation plans, or is it staycation?

Thursday, July 08, 2010

It is a stay-cation all the way! Woo Hoo!! I do have a couple of things planned. Water park at least a couple of days. A local park and the zoo another day. Will meet my mom for lunch one day as well. I will workout each day before the activities planned and I will watch my food intake. I plan to maintain my healthy lifestyle even then!

That's it. Only seven more work wake-ups til vacation!

  
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RWETHAIRYET 7/8/2010 8:16PM

    My next time off will be a staycation, lol, the last few times off I've had have been way too busy for my taste!!
Of course, I was informed that there would be no more time off for me, once again...seems they barely survived it, haha.

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STEELKICKIN 7/8/2010 11:04AM

    Yay!!! Staycations are the best! Unless you get a chocolate factory yanked out from underneath you...then it's the PITS!

Have fun....may the rest of your work week go quickly.

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LMB-ESQ 7/8/2010 10:25AM

    I want one!

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GEEMAWEST 7/8/2010 9:23AM

    Enjoy!

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BKNOCK 7/8/2010 8:58AM

    Sounds like a good time! I am sort of doing that in August except that I fly to Florida and take a staycation at my friends place. We go to the pool and go to the beach and go out to lunch!

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/8/2010 8:23AM

    I love those kinds of vacations!! Sounds great!!!

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FITKAT2010 7/8/2010 6:26AM

    How fun!

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SUZYMOBILE 7/8/2010 6:25AM

    Sounds good, and even better if it makes it easier for you to stay on plan!

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DONNAORLENE 7/8/2010 2:22AM

    Sounds like a cool vacation! Laid back and fun!

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