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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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CMRAND54 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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KRICKET4 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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CMRAND54 7/11/2011 9:39PM

    Was it beeping because your heart rate was too low?

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KRICKET4 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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Swimsuit shopping

Friday, June 24, 2011

I've been wearing the same swimsuit now for about ten years. Maybe twelve. In that time, my weight has fluctuated up and down sixty pounds. The inner lining is still in great shape! However, the outside part can easily be stretched over a foot all of the way around! emoticon. Might be time for a new one.

Since this one lasted so long, I decided to go back to the same place and buy a similar suit. I threatened my kids that I was going to get a string bikini. My sweet dear son told me that the thought of his mother in a string bikini made him want to puke. emoticon. Nice kid, huh?

Anyway, I was looking for a tank-style suit with upper body support that was flattering (well, relatively flattering. After all, it is a swimsuit!). As soon as I walked in, one of the sales people came over and asked me if I needed any help. I explained what I wanted and she directed me to the right rack. She even guessed my size right! Of course she was about 18 and a size zero, but I let that slide off my back. I was 18 once. I'm much happier at...more than 18! emoticon

The sales lady explained the differences in some of the suits and then went away to let me check them out on my own (plus two kids). I grabbed about eight suits and tried them all on. The first suit, a dark purple tank with cross straps in the back, was a maybe. Then a whole bunch of "no's"! The last suit was a dark blue tank with white piping. The straps were actually two straps each (white) and crossed in the back. It comes up high enough in the front that I feel comfortable moving around in it. That was the winner!

I got dressed, gathered the kids, paid for my suit and walked out of there one happy shopper! Oh...and the suit was on sale! I paid about $40 less than I had planned! Win- win for me! Now...time to hit the water park!

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COUCHDIVA333 7/15/2011 8:58AM

i usually leave swim suit shopping feeling defeated.

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AJDOVER1 6/30/2011 4:03PM

    Way to go, Barb! I bought a swimsuit this year, too! I just adopted the mindset that I was buying "exercise equipment" not fashion. Now I just have to get up the nerve to wear it. . . .

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RWETHAIRYET 6/28/2011 1:12PM

    Ugg, I hate bathing suit shopping...think mine...a 2 piece tank a little too big is about 10 years old now too.
But since I rarely go swimming, I guess I'll just put off shopping for one a little longer, haha.
And your son's comment? Reminds me of one my son made a couple years ago when I threatened to buy a red leather mini-skirt and jacket at the thrift store, haha. Not quite the same, but close. His classic quote? "Ew, Ma, that's just WRONG!"

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BKNOCK 6/27/2011 9:15PM

    I want to see a picture! I hope you have fun at the water park!

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GEEMAWEST 6/25/2011 11:23PM

    What? No pictures?

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CMRAND54 6/25/2011 4:12PM

    Good for you! I bought a swimsuit recently, too, and had a similar experience. I thought the sales staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. I had my dear sister with me, too, so that helped. Enjoy that water park with your kids!

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SUZYMOBILE 6/25/2011 11:11AM

    Uh oh. You just reminded me that we're going to Florida in a week and I haven't tried on my suits in quite some time.

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CARLANNIE 6/25/2011 9:05AM

    You're stylin' now! Last time I went swimsuit shopping I had a meltdown right in the dressing room. Wasn't a pretty sight. Enjoy the water park this summer!!!

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JOHNTJ1 6/25/2011 8:48AM

    Isnt it a great feeling to be able to have the victory of being able to fit into so many different suits?!?!

Way to go Barb

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/25/2011 8:15AM

    Good for you!! Not since high school have I smiled after buying a swimsuit!!!! Sounds cute!! Have fun!

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DIETSAFARI 6/25/2011 6:32AM

    How often does one walk out of the swimsuit shop, happy and smiling?
Well done to you

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/25/2011 2:50AM

    Good job on the swimsuit. Enjoy your Summer in it.

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Pictures of my new table and chairs

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The table we had had been hanging around for awhile. I think we got it about the same time as we got my DD (almost 15 years ago). It had an L-shaped bench for seats and was made of pine. It was too big for the space and it was time for a new one. Since I get a bonus on Friday, I used some of it (ahead of time!) to purchase a new table and chairs...on sale. Put them together myself too. emoticon

Here are a couple of pics. Look and enjoy and then tell me what great taste I have! LOL! emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 5/28/2011 1:47PM

    Very lovely!!

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WITHJOI 4/25/2011 12:41PM

    Those are beautiful! You do have great taste! Congrats on the bonus and new furniture!

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GEEMAWEST 4/19/2011 9:38PM

    I like it! I like it alot!! John's right about the video though.

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STANBUSH 4/19/2011 8:42PM

    Hey... I like those too! I didn't see a coffee mug on them though...

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CMRAND54 4/18/2011 9:24PM

    I really like those - both the style and the color.

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STEELKICKIN 4/18/2011 3:50PM

    I likey alot!!!! You put them together YOURSELF?? Wow! Much better than what I would have done. The last one got my attention...after you finish tattooing my forehead, I can carve my initials in the center of your table. Deal?? So when are you inviting me to dinner?? What are we having?

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REJ7777 4/18/2011 2:15PM

    emoticon Doesn't it feel great to get something new like that! It's a very lovely table. And you DO have good taste! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 4/18/2011 1:48PM

    I looked and enjoyed. You DO have good taste...LOL May your furniture bring you many years of healthy meals enjoyed on it...

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BETTA13 4/18/2011 11:26AM

    Niii-ice! Looks similar to my new one only mine is black w wood top. Very awesome!! I love new furniture.

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BKNOCK 4/18/2011 9:51AM

    Very, very nice!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/18/2011 8:33AM

    Very nice!

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JOHNTJ1 4/18/2011 8:31AM

    I'm impressed you had the patience to put them together yourself. I'm a firm believer in opening the box and poof, instant use, LOL

If only there had been a video......... Just sayin

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/18/2011 8:13AM

    Boy, you do have great taste! emoticonLove them!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/18/2011 7:16AM

    Very nice! Love that tabletop. I bet the first person who leaves a ring on it will be shot!

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 4/17/2011 11:39PM

    Looks very nice! I love the high seating. Congrats on putting them together yourself!

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TALLGUY42 4/17/2011 10:46PM

    Very nice.

I love the deep, rich color.

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CARLANNIE 4/17/2011 9:38PM

    Fun, fun! My dining table and chairs are at least 30 years old, so I am jealous. Yes, my dear, you have stunning taste! Very modern, chic, and looks like it fits your space to a T! emoticon

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My Perfect Day

Thursday, April 07, 2011

At least in my fantasy world, this would be my perfect day. Well...fantasy world with a little reality thrown in.

First and foremost, the kids will be in school and DH will be at work. Don't get me wrong, I love my family. However, I also love my time to myself. My perfect day is my day to do what I want and that is easier if my family is otherwise occupied. emoticon

My first to-do is to sleep in until I feel like getting up. Nothing planned in the morning with a specific time. After I get up, I'll head to the gym. Yes, my perfect day includes exercise.

After the gym, home to get ready and putter until I get hungry. Then it's lunch by myself wherever I want. And more than likely it will be too much food and it will be unhealthy food. Think Chinese buffet or greasy cheeseburger (with bacon!) and fries with fry sauce or ranch. Plus dessert...or dessert later. Depends on how I feel.

Then off for some shopping. I may or may not actually buy anything. Depends on what I find and how much it costs. Mid-afternoon will be a break to sit and read. It might be in a coffee shop (I'd order tea) or a bookstore or home. If at home, I might fall asleep. Not a bad thing!

When I'm ready, I'd head home for dinner. Ideal would be ordering something in or bringing something home so I wouldn't have to cook. And, of course this would be on a Friday so I can stay up late if I want to.

Someone suggested a massage and that sounds heavenly. However, I've never had one and wouldn't know where to go for a good one, plus knowing what kind to ask for. I know I could ask people and get some good ideas. But that's kind of research and I'm not so sure I want to have to research my perfect day.

By the way, going to attempt this next Friday. Wish me luck!

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WITHJOI 4/25/2011 1:15PM

    I hope you had your perfect day and it was perfect!!! A tip for eating the the food you love: split it up. Eating small portions about an hour apart uses more calories. So, take your time at the big meal. When I go to a buffet, I take something to do so I can take breaks between "courses." I don't kill my calories and I get my money's worth.

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JUNIAATROME 4/10/2011 2:06PM

    Would you consider tagging me along on that one? It sounds like I would love it too - and I would not interfere! Ever!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/9/2011 4:59PM

    I hope it went just the way you wanted it to! Lately when I have time on my hands, I tend to get bored, lol!

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ELYMWX 4/9/2011 1:46AM

    Sounds like a good time. Just don't get distracted between now and then dreaming about it!

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BKNOCK 4/8/2011 10:09PM

    Wow, sounds perfect! I hope it works for you!

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NEWNAC304 4/8/2011 9:08PM

    Your perfect day sounds wonderful! I have evenings to myself Monday - Thursday but I'd still like to have a day to myself once in a while. I hope you get your perfect day on Friday.

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CMRAND54 4/8/2011 4:32PM

    Your fantasy day does sound good. I work a schedule where I have every other Friday off. (Other days I work 9 hours instead of 8.) My husband works the same schedule except he has every other Monday off. It works out just great. I love being by myself on those precious Fridays. Even if I just clean house and grocery shop, I love moving around at my own speed and stopping whenever I feel like it to read or listen to the radio. Sometimes on my Friday, I take myself out to lunch. Sometimes I go to the coffee shop. I hope you have lots of perfect days in your future.

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/8/2011 8:05AM

    Sounds like a great day to me!!! I love massages but rarely get one. Ask for basic Swedish--many salons offer these services. You don't "have" to fit it in this perfect day but for future reference! emoticon

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CARLANNIE 4/8/2011 8:05AM

    Thanks for sharing YOUR perfect day. You just go ahead and have that tasty burger because you eat so healthily 99% of the time that you can afford to 'splurge' once in a great while. Just don't let any SP friends ruin it for you.
P.S. No research involved - I can give you the name of a nice place to get a massage. And it's right by Java downtown. emoticon

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EMMANYC 4/8/2011 7:28AM

    I understand the concept of a perfect day and getting to do what you want, but why would you choose too much, poor quality food (i.e., greasy cheeseburger, Chinese buffet) - that just doesn't sound appetizing. I totally understand the concept of treating yourself to food that may be higher calorie, higher fat and higher salt than usual - but I would pick good quality food and eat only to satisfaction (not to the point of feeling like I'd had too much).

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REJ7777 4/8/2011 6:33AM

    Sounds wonderful! I hope that you enjoy every minute of your perfect day! I also hope that you have *a perfect day* fairly regularly, maybe except for the unhealthy food. You don't want to do that too often. emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 4/8/2011 6:26AM

    I agree with Barb................. emoticon

I have a massage scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon. It not only relaxes but helps in recovery from excercise

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I'm gonna start practicin' massages

I've tried it out on a chicken from the store.

Turned out I broke both wings and one leg
and the other leg is out of joint.

Keep me in mind when you get ready for that massage. : )

Like after my description of my time with the chicken, you'd ever consider ME


Hope you had a SPlendid Day

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TRIGFROST 4/8/2011 2:22AM

    I love these kind of days...Nothing but freedom... emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 4/8/2011 1:08AM

    Good luck!! OMG Barb... you must, shall, will someday get a massage!! please doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..

you'll love it!! I'm sure you can find out from friends where a great masseuse is.

My perfect day would include some sort of cocktail though..



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KRICKET4 4/7/2011 11:04PM

    I, too, love having the house all to myself. I hope it will be sunny and warm on your perfect day, makes for a much better day if the sun's out :)
Personally I'd skip the greasy food... but then, it's your perfect day, not mine.

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