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Sat in the sun

Sunday, August 08, 2010

for about an hour today. Maybe longer. It was really cold (to me) in my house and it is my weekend so I decided to take it easy. I could have cleaned, but I didn't. I could have done laundry, but I didn't. Could have organized, but I didn't.

Instead, I read my book. I played Words with Friends on my phone and I relaxed! I deserved it! After all, I took my daughter, her friend and my son shopping for school stuff today. Oh...and football cleats. It was tiring, but we got some stuff done.

Wishing it was still sunny so I could be outside again. Next weekend!

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 8/9/2010 10:49PM

  I feel so guilty when I just sit, but it feels soooo good some times to just do nothing!

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STEPHIEKNITS 8/9/2010 7:56PM

    I think sitting in the sun relaxing is what was deserved after shopping for back to school stuff especially the cleats. Great way to recharge your batteries. emoticon

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BKNOCK 8/9/2010 7:33PM

    Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday! Way to hot in NC to do that!

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NEWNAC304 8/9/2010 8:09AM

    I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday. I did nothing (except laundry) all day and it felt pretty darn good.

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DONNAORLENE 8/9/2010 12:31AM

    I'm glad you had a good Sunday. I thought of you today reading and sitting out in the son...can you believe it?!?!See I told you I think of you often too! Thanks for the good comments on my blog page too. Yep, my faith is definitely what keeps me going. God can do it every time. Have a great week and I'll be checking in on you now and then.

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GEEMAWEST 8/9/2010 12:30AM

    What a great way to spend the day, Barb. Don't let Dutchie scare you. She's all talk, no action. Unless she decides to write a blog about you.
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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/8/2010 11:46PM

    So really what you're saying is... you've just been damn lazy again... ;0)

Oh well... I'm just jealous!

and still keeping me eyes on ALL of you!!

oll' fart... Dutchie

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SASKATIA 8/8/2010 11:42PM

  That sounds like a wonderful way to spend time. Sometimes I really love taking cat naps and reading in the sun. But it has to be the right kind of sun or I burn.

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Burnt semi - coulda been so much worse

Sunday, August 08, 2010

In my status, I mentioned that the neighbors at the end of the cul-de-sac had a fire early this morning. I wanted to go see how they were, offer my assistance and (of course!) find out what happened. But I also didn't want to be a nosy neighbor or pain in the buttooski!

I decided to go down there. I introduced myself and we talked...for almost an hour! First, the fire started in the semi truck that was parked in the driveway. Apparently the ACM (brains of the truck...yeah, I had to ask too.) had a short and started the fire. Someone driving along the road, the main road behind my house, not the cul-de-sac, saw the fire and banged on the door of the house to wake them up.

That person's quick action actually saved the house! The tenants got out, called 911 and called the owner of the truck (he was in a nearby town). He almost beat the fire fighters there! LOL! If they had been 10 minutes later, the house would have been engaged and there would have been so much more damage.

As it was, the semi is a complete loss. But since it was diesel, no explosions (I didn't know that diesel doesn't explode!) But, the owner was not in the sleeper. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been talking to me today...or ever. The siding above the garage and to the side melted from the heat. (Melted siding looks really cool!) The boards under the siding are blackened, but never actually caught fire. The firemen did cut a "man hole" in the garage door...from the inside! emoticon Not sure why they had to do that, but they did!

That's it! No structural damage to the house. No injuries to anyone! And, I met my neighbor. Really nice guy too!

Kind of an odd side note. He had a 4-year-old who asked him not to park the semi in the driveway yesterday. The child actually got mad when Daddy didn't listen! Did that kid have a premonition? I prefer to think so.

  
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STEELKICKIN 8/9/2010 10:06AM

    Wow...thank goodness everyone is okay! I'm sure that they appreciated your words. And little kids DO sense things! I'm a firm believer; they always seem to know when someone is not a good person or if a situation is "bad." Of if they are getting on your nerves when you're on the phone so they step it up a notch! Kids are really awesome, aren't they?

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/8/2010 9:14PM

  Diesel is actually the same as home heating oil. Can you imagine if it were explosive? You're right about melted siding looking really cool.


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CMRAND54 8/8/2010 2:34PM

    Interesting! I didn't know that about diesel, either. I'll bet the neighbor was glad you came by.

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KENDRACARROLL 8/8/2010 11:47AM

    Who says you have to travel in order to have adventure emoticon
Glad everybody is okay.

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BKNOCK 8/8/2010 9:37AM

    Wow Barb, what a story. I am so glad that everyone is safe!

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CARLANNIE 8/8/2010 9:35AM

    Wow - exciting times! I'm not surprised that your neighbor talked to you for so long. I'll bet his adrenaline was still running high, and when extreme things happen like that, I think people just really 'need' to talk about it.

So what do you have cooked up for Sunday????

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SUZYMOBILE 8/8/2010 9:15AM

    Wonderful that you got to meet someone new out of the experience. Plus you learned a lot.

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DEUSMACHINA 8/8/2010 3:09AM

    Glad they didn't just tell you too sod off! Glad no-one was hurt, hey?

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DONNAORLENE 8/8/2010 1:22AM

    WOW!! The things that happen in your life! Good judgment call though and I'm so glad to hear that no one was hurt. The little boy..."and the children shall lead them". You never know. Anyway, I'm glad you mad new friends too. It's nice to know your neighbors sometimes. Take care and have a good Sunday!

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GEEMAWEST 8/8/2010 12:29AM

    You did the right thing, obviously, by going over and talking to them. I'm sure they appreciated it. Glad no one was hurt. And I also think that the 4 year old knew something just wasn't right.
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CINABEE 8/8/2010 12:22AM

    Thank god no one was hurt and I am glad you got to meet your neighbor.

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The value of tiny goals, and I do mean tiny!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Last night, DH and I went to the gym. I decided that I really need to vary my workouts, so I got on the treadmill instead of my beloved elliptical. I started with a walk to warm up and after two minutes started running/jogging. To me it was running. To you runners out there, it was a jog. emoticon emoticon

As usual, it was hard to run. But, I told myself that I hadn't even run two minutes yet and I knew I could run at least 10 minutes and make a mile. So I did. At 10 minutes there was a really good, upbeat song on my playlist. Well, I HAVE to run through the end of that! And then there was another one and I HAD to run through that one too. THEN...I was really close to having run a full 20 minutes and I really needed to hit that 20 minutes. It wasn't that much longer. emoticon

So I ran. For a little more than 20 minutes. I'm thinking close to 23...to the end of another good song. Stopped and walked for a little bit...short song...and then another good song came on. Had to run again!

By the end of that song, I HAD to walk. So I walked for awhile. I did run for one more song and ended up with a 50-minute workout (with cool down) that was more than half running! I would not have run as much or as far had it not been for those tiny, incremental goals. Only one more song. Three more minutes. To the end of this mile.

Imagine, thought I, if I applied this strategy to everything I wanted to accomplish? Tiny incremental goals. Huh? Is that just another way of saying "one step at a time"? If so, I like "tiny incremental goals" better cos I get to say "incremental." emoticon

I'll let you know how it goes.

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 8/7/2010 10:48PM

  Great job. I have started setting a timer for 10 minutes when I need to get something done. I can work at anything for 10 minutes. I find myself working faster so I can accomplish the entire task in 10 minutes.
I have an elliptical and I love it. Now if I could just be home long enough to use it.


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NEWNAC304 8/7/2010 9:46PM

    Hey! You should make this one of your rules to live by. You know you want to!

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CAROLEHZ 8/7/2010 2:59PM

    Woo Hoo! for mixing it up...I use my ipod for inspiration too. I am constantly tweaking my playlist so that it will push me (and occasionally let me rest!)...other times I listen to podcasts that I get for free on itunes ( a favorite is Jillian Michaels radio show).. When I'm on the treadmill I run by the clock...outside I will think..just get to the red truck down there..then when I get past that I find a new goal...it helps to push me.

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JUDIL62 8/7/2010 11:54AM

    Nice job! I might give it a try at the gym today. Just the type of blog I needed to read today. Keep up the good work1


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LOREENYK 8/7/2010 11:00AM

    I do the exact same thing!

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GSCOTTC 8/7/2010 10:44AM

    My old boss said that you cannot eat a elephant in one bite, but you can eat one with a lot of little bites.

I just realized that this is probably why I was overweight from eating elephants.

Great job on the running.

Scott

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JOHNTJ1 8/7/2010 7:57AM

    Way to go Barb!!!

I had a boss, back in the old days, (Probably before you were born!) who had a sign on his desk that someone had taken one of those wood burning tools and written on. It said:

"BY AN INCH IT'S A CINCH, BY A MILE IT'S A TRIAL."

That was over thirty years ago and it is still stuck in my head. I dont think it matters how quickly you get to your goals just as long as you get there.

Thank you for being an inspiration

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IONA72 8/7/2010 4:19AM

    This is a strategy I got from a friend and use a lot on the treadmill, great work. I'm trying to think of the equivalent for eating less!

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ELYMWX 8/7/2010 1:36AM

    Well done!

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BKNOCK 8/7/2010 12:23AM

    Wow, you are awesome!

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MYOWNHERO 8/7/2010 12:11AM

    Hooray for baby steps!

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DONNAORLENE 8/6/2010 10:28PM

    How "HUGE" that incremental goal challenge sounds! LOL!!!! Great ideas come from great minds! (evidently ones with OCD!)

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Donna Orlene

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SPEEDYDOG 8/6/2010 9:52PM

    You were out there doing it! That is what matters. Congratulations on go further, faster and enjoying yourself to boot!

Bruce

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USFBULL 8/6/2010 9:34PM

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Fancy cut does not equal fancy sliced :o(

Thursday, August 05, 2010

I am not a big fan of green beans. The flavor is okay, but, meh, I could do without them. When I was a kid, I used to put ketchup on them so I couldn't taste the green beans. I could eat heaps of them then! LOL!

Now i eat green beans as one of my staple veggies because they are very low in calories, are better for me than corn and DH and I can share a can for dinner. (The kids get corn.) I have found that the "fancy sliced" beans taste better than the other kinds. Yes, I know. They are all green beans. And, yes, I buy the same brand so I know they are all processed basically the same. Green beans taste like green beans, right?

NO! The fancy sliced ones are more like slivers of green beans where the fancy cut ones are chunks of green beans. The slivers taste better. Seriously! And I just realized the distinction tonight when I opened two different cans. I started checking all of the cans in the pantry and I have six cans of green beans...all the wrong kind. emoticon And what will i do with those six cans? Eat them, of course! That would be a waste of food otherwise. However, DH may be getting slightly larger helpings of green beans than he has in the past.

And I may have to break out that ketchup bottle! emoticon

  
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MYOWNHERO 8/7/2010 10:24PM

    Balsamic vinegar makes all green beans taste better IMHO

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BKNOCK 8/6/2010 6:21AM

    I like the French cut green beans too even though I like fresh green beans just as much! We use the canned french style for Green bean salad!

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/5/2010 10:56PM

  I prefer my green beans raw. I don't mind frozen and yes French cut do taste different, but I just really like them raw.

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PSFITMOMMY413 8/5/2010 5:55PM

    You should definitely try frozen ones- much lower in sodium and they taste very similar to fresh!

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NEWNAC304 8/5/2010 4:15PM

    You always make me think of things I wouldn't have thought about! I agree, the slivered ones do taste different.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/5/2010 9:06AM

    OK, now I will be looking for fancy sliced at the grocery store. LOL I agree with some of the others; I have started to buy more and more frozen veggies and am liking the taste better. I grew up on canned veggies and used them while kids were growing up.

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CARLANNIE 8/5/2010 8:49AM

    Sounds like it's time to make veggie soup!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/5/2010 7:09AM

    We had canned green beans the other night, and they tasted even weirder than usual.

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JOHNTJ1 8/5/2010 6:53AM

    I am in agreement with you on not being a large fan of that veggie. My mother seemed to have an endless supply of them when we were growing up. I was not allowed to enhance or mask the flavor. She always told us that the suffering would assure us a place in heaven.

Anyways.......

Green beans and canned corn are the things nightmares are made of so for this and so many other reasons you continue to be, in my eyes, a super hero.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 8/5/2010 2:32AM

    Have you tried frozen green beans? I find that frozen vegetables taste so much better than canned. I rarely eat canned vegetables if I can help it, except for tomatoes, which I think is the only vegetable where the canning process doesn't ruin the flavour. I always have frozen peas, green beans and brussel sprouts in the freezer, but buy the rest of my veggies fresh. If you haven't already, give frozen veggies a try - your tastebuds will thank you for it!

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GEEMAWEST 8/5/2010 12:41AM

    Pretty much over the canned green beans. But used a lot of them when the kids were growing up. DH likes the regular fancy cut and the kids liked the fancy sliced. Now that there are only two of us to feed I buy the frozen or fresh because that's what I like and that's what counts, right?

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ELYMWX 8/5/2010 12:20AM

    Two words: Balsamic Vinegar

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KENDRACARROLL 8/5/2010 12:17AM

    How about trying fresh?

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More rules that one MUST live by

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Since the last time I blogged about rules that I could (or couldn't) break, I've been keeping a running list of other rules that MUST be followed. No, really! Or ELSE!

When I fold clothes (on laundry day), my clothes go on the left of the pile. DH's go to the right. DD's go to DH's side of the bed and DS's go to the foot of the bed. If laundry baskets are available for the kids, I will use those. If I had to switch mine and DH's clothes, it would take me much longer to get laundry done.

When I put food in my tracker, it HAS to go in the correct category and in the correct amount. For example, if I have broccoli for more than one meal (happens a lot!), I need to put one cup (or however much I ate) in each meal. I can't just enter two cups for the day. Why? I don't know. It's not like I go back and look at my tracker and look for trends. I could put everything in as a snack...but that would destroy the symmetry of the tracker. Oh...AND break the rules! LOL!

I have two planned snacks each day. An apple and string cheese between breakfast and lunch and a Fiber One bar in the afternoon. I do not switch those two. Ever. Cos if I do, the apple and cheese might get replaced with cookies.

When I'm putting my stuff in my truck to go to work in the morning, my lunch pail goes on the seat first, closest to the seat back. Then my purse in front of it. My drink goes in the little hole made by the lunch pail and seat back. I think that's part of my problem with carpooling...if someone is sitting there, where do I put my stuff? emoticon

Lastly, I eat the least favorite item on my plate first and save the best for last. This includes eating around the outside of a sandwich or hamburger and saving the middle for last. On the surface, this allows me to save the best for last, ostensibly to savor it. However, I've found that I will often be full from the least favorite stuff but I will continue to eat because the best part is still there! Seems like this would be a rule I could break, huh? Sure. If I remembered! I usually think about it when I'm already full and my favorite food is staring at me, chanting "eat me, eat me, eat me." And then I HAVE to eat it just to shut it up, right? LOL!

More "rules" are currently rolling around in my head. Expect another update. emoticon

If you missed it, here's my first "rule" blog. And if you did miss it, you really are missing out. LOL!!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3418821

  
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ELYMWX 8/4/2010 9:40PM

    Just a question: do you eat the red Smarties last? If you don't eat Smarties, does it bug you when others don't eat the red ones last?

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STEELKICKIN 8/4/2010 7:48PM

    Definitely OCD. Trust me...takes one to know one. 'Cept when you fold the towels, do the creases all have to go the same way?? Mine do. If DH folds them he gets raked over the coals if he doesn't match them up!!

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DONNAORLENE 8/4/2010 1:03PM

    I'm telling you, you've got it bad......OCD!!!

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Donna Orlene

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BKNOCK 8/4/2010 12:49PM

    You crack me up! One of my rules is that my food cannot be touching!

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DAISYBELL6 8/4/2010 9:33AM

    I know exactly what you mean. Is this a blessing or a curse?

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CARLANNIE 8/4/2010 8:55AM

    My husband eats a slice of watermelon from the outside in, saving the best for last, so I understand your savoring the best for last!

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JANEDOE12345 8/4/2010 8:33AM

    I have experienced your rigid adherence to the rules in certain periods of my life, and I can say that they were sometimes the only thing keeping me sane. Sometimes OCD is a good thing! Even now, if faced with a lot of uncertainty, the first thing I do is make a list and follow it to the letter. You are keeping your life in order, one symbol at a time.

Pam

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NEWNAC304 8/4/2010 7:30AM

    We're a lot alike. I have my set ways of doing things and don't like to change. Thanks for starting my day with a smile!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 8/4/2010 2:32AM

    Oh dear, Barb, can you say "OCD"?!
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I agree with your rule about the food tracker - Everything I eat goes into the correct meal category so I know what I ate when. I do review my tracker to see if there are trends in my eating habits, so I have a good reason for doing it. Although, I'd find it weird if someone put food in their tracker willy-nilly - seems a bit pointless to do that.

The rest of your rules... um, I think you need help, luv - LOL!
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I haven't done the "save the best for last" eating thing since I was a kid.
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Hey, if your rules gives you some security, then what harm can they do? So what if people think you're strange?
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Have a good day.
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JOANOFSPARK 8/4/2010 1:21AM

    I love this...great blog....

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DEVORA4 8/4/2010 12:41AM

  interesting thoughts

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ELYMWX 8/4/2010 12:23AM

    Dirty dishes on the left of the sink or the right?

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