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Late Night Pancake House Meal?

Monday, January 09, 2012

Walking down the hall at work today, I overheard a snippet of a conversation. Two ladies were talking about their weekend and one of them mentioned going to the pancake house to eat.

Instantly, I wanted a stack of golden pancakes, covered with syrup, maybe a little whipped cream and some fruit to top it off. Not that strange, right?

Except I don't like pancakes. I'm not a bread/carb person anyway and pancakes fall into that category for me. The only way I can eat them is to pour so much syrup on them all I can taste is the syrup. THEN, I'm sick to my stomach, literally, because I ate too much sugar.

So why did I want pancakes? Maybe I just wanted the camaraderie that the statement implied? Even now, I'm craving pancakes! What the heck!

Anyway, I guess that's what I get for eavesdropping! LOL!

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STEVENGO2 1/19/2012 6:49AM

    Just read this blog. It brought back a good memory for me. When I was in sixth grade our school district had an environmental education program where we spent a week at a State Park ~ in the woods. One thing I really remember is that one breakfast we had pancake day. The goal was to see who could eat the most pancakes. I was a skinny kid at the time but could really eat! I remember I finished in the top five in the contest.

Talking about syrup brings me to my favorite breakfast ~ French Toast. I loved it as a kid (still do on occasion) with overthrowing amounts of Aunt Jemima syrup and melted butter. And ooh that also brings up Eggo waffles too! Loved when Mom had those for us for breakfast instead of cold cereal and milk!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 1/12/2012 10:58AM

    Many of us are just suggestible! I eat pancakes once a year - can take them or leave them - but the BUTTER that melts on them and makes them rich and sweet and lovely - now THAT'S what I'm craving! We talk about food a lot in my office too - I love it, though. I have a huge cookbook collection, watch the Cooking Channel and the Food Network every chance that I get - I just love food and I love cooking all kinds of things. I have had to learn to have a new relationship with food but that's been a fun challenge (most days)!

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CARLANNIE 1/11/2012 7:45PM

    Nah, you wanted pancakes. There is some deep-seeded memory , or else a very good television commercial, that brings a powerful message to mind. Pancakes do have an awfully good aroma....I can smell them now....

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KENDRACARROLL 1/11/2012 2:57PM

    Love pancakes. Usually make my own, but not very often. (I'm a lazy cook.)
Don't like syrup though

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AJDOVER1 1/10/2012 10:23PM

    People at my office talk about food ALL THE TIME! It makes me crazy.

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GEEMAWEST 1/10/2012 8:47PM

    I don't like pancakes either. Just sayin'. emoticon

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CARRAND 1/10/2012 8:42PM

    I am very suggestive about food, too. If I am reading a book, and the characters eat, it makes me hungry. If they have tea, I'll want tea also. Fortunately I am gluten intolerant so pancakes don't tempt me at all.

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BKNOCK 1/10/2012 12:31PM

    Gosh I want some pancakes now!

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JOHNTJ1 1/10/2012 7:50AM

    I, too, find myself craving things that I wouldn't normally eat. I believe, sometimes, that mentally and emotionally we are still in the "dieting" phase of our lives. That residual causes us to act crazy. LOL

Even though our minds tell us that we are making a lifestyle change. There is a large part of us that still looks at this change as being some sort of denial.

With me it's French toast. LOL

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DUTCHIEKIWI 1/9/2012 11:26PM

    One of my worst is, when I watch a movie or series and they are all having a good time with Coffee... or wine... I want it WANT IT... HAVE TO HAVE... will pause the movie to get it... lol we're sad creatures sometimes ;-) x

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Lessons from SpongeBob Squarepants?

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I was listening to a podcast today and the guy who voices SpongeBob Squarepants was a guest. He played what he said was the most popular song from that cartoon. The name of the song was "It's The Best Day Ever" and I found myself really listening.

The longer I listened and the more I heard, the happier I got. Weird, huh? But, if you could actually capture that feeling and keep it (keeping it is the hard part), every day really could be the best day ever. I'm really going to have to try to keep that feeling around.

Link to the song:

Lyrics (remember to sing in your best SpongeBob Squarepants voice!)

SpongeBob SquarePants Lyrics
The best day ever Lyrics
This song is from the following Spongebob cd:

Mr. Sun came up and he smiled at me
Said "it's gonna be a good one, just wait and see"
Jumped out of bed, and I ran outside
Feeling so ecstatic, satisfied.

It's the best day ever (best day ever)
It's the best day ever (best day ever)

I'm so busy, got nothing to do
Spent the last 2 hours just tying my shoe
Every flower, every grain of sand
Is reaching out out to shake my hand


Sometimes the little things start closing in on me
When I'm feeling down, I wanna lose that frown
I stick my head out the window and look around
Those crowds don't scare me, they can't disguise
Its magic that's happening right before my eyes

Soon Mr. Moon will be shining bright
So the best day ever can last all night
Yeah, the best day ever's gonna last all night, now.

[Chorus x3]

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/4/2012 8:39PM

    Hi Barbara;

My DGD comes over and watches Sponge Bob while she is here so I hear the songs and this is a good song. Have a good 2012 and work on your goals for the year.Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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BKNOCK 12/7/2011 7:12PM

    First of all, a blog from Barb! It has been a long time! A good blog too!

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LIFE-FAITH 12/4/2011 3:07PM

    LOL.. Very cute! Did you know they did a study on sponge bob? Sponge Bob Square pants effects kids who watch his show... for just NINE minutes they develop some impairment.

I am so glad you got a kick out of a song and that it lifted your day.

take care!

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JOHNTJ1 12/4/2011 9:12AM

    I read your blog yesterday and didn't have an opportunity to respond until today. Since that time the song has been stuck in my head. You see our grand daughter is a HUGE Sponge Bob fan.

You wanna know what I love the most about you? You are totally and unqualified always Barb.

Please don't ever change

Much Love


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STEVENGO2 12/4/2011 12:18AM

    emoticon emoticon I never heard that before and it brighten up my day!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/3/2011 9:23PM

    Oh boy! Can't tell you how many times I've heard this. My son is totally into SpongeBob and has been for years. There is a lot of truth and lessons to learn in many of the cartoons - just disguised.
That does not negate the fact, that too much SpongeBob is just plain annoying :)

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MYOWNHERO 12/3/2011 7:33PM

    I'm going to make this my new theme song !!!

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HOT4FITNESS 12/3/2011 12:15PM

    And even though its snowing here in Nebraska, its going to be the best day ever!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/3/2011 12:06PM

    Love it!! Why don't I say that every day????

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CARLANNIE 12/3/2011 11:25AM

    We had a friend from here who was killed in a small airplane accident this year. Whenever you said, "Hi, how ya doing?" his reply was always, "It's the best day ever!" And he meant it. Not sure if he picked that up from SpongeBob, but he sure believed it. I'd do well to keep that phrase in my head, too!

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My new ride...

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

is a 2011 Dodge Nitro Heat with a V-6 engine, heated leather seats, a sun roof (or moon roof?), and fancy, schmancy sound system. I've been saying that I'm getting a new vehicle for about five years now and I finally did!

This particular vehicle has enough power to back up my attitude. So...if I go missing from Spark for a little while, please realize that I probably need bail money. emoticon

Here is the one picture I've taken. You may now oooh and ahhh over my new wheels. LOL!

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CHATTIEGIRL 10/23/2011 7:23PM

    Hi Barbara;

Enjoy you nice ride and I know you will. You are doing great with your weight loss. I can tell you the best thing you can give up is the soda because my brother drank soda everyday and how many a day I have no ideal but when he stopped drinking it he lost 50 pounds. Very bad for you and salt is also. Just a little more work and you can over come the things you want to give up. Stay with your healthy life style. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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SUSIEMT 9/20/2011 5:22PM

    And I will OOOOOOO and AAHHHHHH! Cool!

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RICU1952 9/20/2011 2:46AM

    Nice ride!!! Congrats

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BAKER1009 9/19/2011 9:42AM

    Nice ride! How are you liking it so far? How is it on gas? And how many people does it seat? I love my Honda Civic, but with a family of 5, it gets crowded at times. Looking for a bigger ride in the spring...hopefully!

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ALASKASKY 9/19/2011 5:21AM

    emoticonI just bought a new car. I gave my SUV to my daughter. I feel weird in a car, but at least I' getting a break on the fas.

Your baby is a beauty. I love it.

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GROEDER 9/16/2011 2:26PM

    Looks great!!!! Have fun with it.

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LIQUID11 9/16/2011 2:01PM

    Love it!
The Beauty and the Beast [both-in-1] Vehicle!!
I wish you happy and interesting adventure rides :-))

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AJDOVER1 9/12/2011 2:37PM

    Whoa! Awesome! Do you have a cool vanity license plate, too?

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GEEMAWEST 9/11/2011 12:16PM

    LOVE IT!!

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JOHNTJ1 9/11/2011 11:50AM

    Very cool Barb.

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COUCHDIVA333 9/10/2011 9:20PM

    very nice!

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STEVENGO2 9/7/2011 11:26PM

    Try not to get into too much trouble with your new ride. Looks and sounds wonderful. I hope you have amazing rides in that.

And thanks for the support on my blog about my Mom, it meant a lot.

Have a great night,

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RWETHAIRYET 9/7/2011 4:52PM

Very nice! Enjoy, and try not to get into too much trouble...unless of course you invite us all along!

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JUNIAATROME 9/7/2011 1:06PM

    omg this is too cool. Even for you cool person! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

OH, it's for YOU, NOT for ME! : )

Enjoy in good health!

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BKNOCK 9/7/2011 7:46AM

    Very awesome!

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/7/2011 7:26AM


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    That is one big ride! Enjoy!

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ELYMWX 9/7/2011 12:39AM

    Just so long as you don't go all Thelma to Betsy's Louise!

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CARLANNIE 9/7/2011 12:03AM

    Ooh, aah. Crank up the volume on that schmancy ride and have fun! Sweet.

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The kids are away and the mom will play!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Won't she?

My kids are visiting their grandparents for one week. And let me tell is weird. No mid-afternoon texts asking me what to eat for breakfast. No requests to go buy sno-cones and candy. No chores left undone. Nobody taking my stuff and moving it to who knows where. No new messes when I get home.

No one fixing my dinner before I get home. Nobody saying hi mom when I walk in from work. No one to take out the trash on trash day. No one to do all those things I haven't had to do in years! LOL!

So...I had big plans when I found out that the kids would be gone for a week.

Clean their bathroom...I mean really clean it!
Clean out the cupboard below the sink.
Dance around nekkid!

Now (at least, right this minute) I don't feel like doing any of that! I wanna sit on my butt and read. I wanna sleep in. I wanna have no responsibilities for at least one full day! I'm not gonna get any of those. So maybe I should be productive? Or maybe not...

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HOT4FITNESS 8/15/2011 8:47PM

    Enjoy the time. My hubby and I are empty nesters, so I have needed to relaearn all the household duties again. Maybe tey will still text you about what to eat for breakfast. LOL

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STEVENGO2 8/15/2011 2:06PM

    Sounds like a good chance to just relax for a day or two, but also a chance to catch up on things that you want to get done while the kids are away. I hope you enjoy your week but look forward and be happy when your kids come back!

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CHATTIEGIRL 7/26/2011 9:28PM

    Hi Barbara;

I love it and of course take a day for you. How many do you get when they are home and the work is always there to do. So have your day or part of one. Continue with your healthy life style. On the soda's my brother drank them a lot and stopped, lost 50 pounds. The combination of the salt and soda puts on weight and retains fluid. Get rid of those 2 and you will see a difference in weight and the way you feel. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people each day.


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NEWNAC304 7/20/2011 10:59AM

    I hope you took some time for yourself. You deserve it.

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CARLANNIE 7/18/2011 9:34PM

    So what did you end up doing for the weekend?

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MOM2ACAT 7/16/2011 3:36PM

    I think you deserve a day to relax and take it easy!

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CARRAND 7/16/2011 3:01PM

    Enjoy your week of peace and quiet.

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BKNOCK 7/16/2011 11:50AM

    I hope that you are enjoying it!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/16/2011 11:17AM

    Ahh, total freedom! Enjoy.

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JOHNTJ1 7/16/2011 7:48AM

    I have always struggled with simply taking time for myself. There is this work ethic guilt sorta thing that always makes me feel I should be doing something.

You only have one today. Enjoy it!!!

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JUNIAATROME 7/16/2011 4:20AM

    Take it from one that' s been there: relax and give yourself that totally non-productive day (wait - you are still working, I guess b/c otherwise you'd probably be WITH the kids, so HEY you have been productive enough for the day anyway! Oh well - take the whole weekend then!) emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/16/2011 12:41AM

    I say take the full day to yourself and just be. We all need to have one of those a couple times a month, enjoy!

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GEEMAWEST 7/15/2011 11:23PM

    I knew you were going to be dancing around nekkid!! emoticon

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My HRM beeps!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I have had my heart rate monitor (HRM) for about a year now. Maybe longer. I've used it almost every time I've worked out since I got it. In other words, it is not new.

So imagine my surprise when I heard it beep on Saturday. emoticon

I knew that I would be mowing and trimming our yard on Saturday. With our wet spring and busy lives, the lawn hasn't been mowed as consistently as it should. And, when it was mowed, the grass wasn't always bagged (read - not bagged at all!). That combination meant a long mowing session was in my future. Just for giggles (yes, I'm easily entertained) I decided to compare the calorie burn on my HRM with what SP gave me.

Since I wear gloves to trim and mow, I turned on my HRM while I was still in the garage, before staring any machinery. And it beeped! Then...throughout my mowing escapade, when I stopped to empty the bag, I would hear it beep again! Apparently, it is supposed to beep. I just never heard it before! I've always had music going before.

The things you learn when you pay attention to your surroundings. Who'd a thunk it?

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RWETHAIRYET 7/15/2011 4:09PM

    I've heard mine beep..both when the heart rate is too low and too high...
There is a handy dandy button that'll shut it off when you get sick of listening to it beep, haha.

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AJDOVER1 7/13/2011 7:26PM

    I've been listening to the darn thing beep since we started down Route 66!

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AUNTIEANNE22 7/11/2011 11:24PM

  Quiet can teach us many things.
We are in a drought, so the lawns are finally not growing like crazy.

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CARRAND 7/11/2011 9:39PM

    Was it beeping because your heart rate was too low?

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KENDRACARROLL 7/11/2011 10:19AM

    Well, at least it doesn't mean that you're having a heart attack...
I successfully postponed my mowing and trimming task yesterday - anytime you're ready :)

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CARLANNIE 7/11/2011 10:11AM

    The world is full of beeps. The one you shouldn't ignore is the beep in your dashboard when your gas tank is below empty emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 7/11/2011 8:21AM

    Ya never know, do ya Barb? emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/11/2011 8:09AM

    This makes me laugh!!

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BKNOCK 7/11/2011 7:36AM

    You crack me up!

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USFBULL 7/11/2011 2:08AM

    emoticon Beep!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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