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Hogwarts Whole Foods Challenge

Monday, February 21, 2011

In Hogwarts this week, the Faculty challenged the students to eat as many whole foods as possible. I'm in Induction in Atkins at the moment, and it's not a 100% fit, but here's my meal plan for the week:

Monday
Breakfast: an omelet with bacon, cheese, broccoli, and tomato cooked in olive oil
Snack: egg salad with parsley
Lunch: ground beef
Dinner: roasted chicken

Tuesday
Breakfast: lamb chops
Snack: celery with cream cheese
Lunch: ground beef and spinach
Snack: cheddar cheese
Dinner: chicken and spinach

Wednesday
Breakfast: omelet same as Monday
Snack: organic chicken broth
Lunch: chicken and lettuce
Snack: celery leaves and cheddar cheese
Dinner: ground beef and brussell sprouts

Thursday
Breakfast: lamb chops
Snack: egg salad with parsley
Lunch: ground beef and spinach
Dinner: salmon and spinach

Friday
Breakfast: pork chop
Snack: cheddar cheese
Lunch: lamb chops and brussell sprouts
Dinner: salmon and lettuce

Saturday
Breakfast: omelet
Snack: organic chicken broth
Lunch: egg salad with parsley
Snack: cheddar cheese
Dinner: chicken and spinach

Sunday
Breakfast: pork chop
Snack: cheddar cheese
Lunch ground beef, lettuce, tomato
Snack: brie
Dinner: lamb chop, brussell sprouts

  
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ENDUROVET 2/23/2011 11:54AM

    Virtually no veggies? I understand the Atkins rationale behind limiting fruits & starches - are you doing the standard 2-wk induction?

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MELISSAJUSTINA 2/22/2011 12:54PM

    Awesome job planning out your meals! I plan out my dinners maybe i need to go a little bit further!

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BRAVAH 2/22/2011 5:06AM

    HI Cat,

Mmmm, sounds delicious. I'm eyeing those lamb chops! Good plan for the week!

Cheers,
Heidi

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AMUNET_RA 2/21/2011 8:56PM

    Keep up the great work, Cat!!

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JHADZHIA 2/21/2011 8:33PM

    Wow! What a very restrictive diet! You really have to be a meat lover to enjoy this diet! I couldn't stand not having any fruit. There is nothing more refreshing then a grapefruit or orange for breakfast. Hope you take some supplements to get your vitamins, like C for example..
Good luck with it..

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/21/2011 4:23PM

    yay good for you!! i hope i get an extension till tomorrow when i get home!

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Induction - Day 1

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I've just about started Induction several times now, but something has come up each time. We have a holiday here on Monday, and I'm finally over being sick. Soooo ... today was emoticon.

So far, so good. emoticon Wish me luck!

  
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DAZZLINDIANE 2/15/2011 9:20AM

    You go Girl!!!!

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DISPATCH91 2/15/2011 7:28AM

    You go girl.

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AMUNET_RA 2/14/2011 8:59PM

    So glad you're feeling better!! Anxious to hear how day 1 went!!!
~~B

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REBECCAFRIEDMAN 2/13/2011 11:31PM

    Go girl! I just started back on hardcore induction with a Paleo twist. I have been reading the PaNu blog and it's influenced me a lot. Check it out, good luck and hang in there! It gets MUCH easier after a few days.

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ANGELICASASSY 2/13/2011 6:44PM

  Goood luck!! You can doooo this!!

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DOTSLADY 2/13/2011 12:22PM

    Hi sweet emoticon!!! So GOOD to hear from my goodly sparkly friend. Good luck with induction.
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BRAVAH 2/13/2011 3:50AM

    Hi Cat!

Glad you're feeling better. I'm coughing up a lung - but otherwise feel fine. Woohoo for day 1!

Have a great week!

cheers,
Heidi

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JHADZHIA 2/13/2011 12:10AM

    I am afraid I am drawing a blank as well. What is this induction?
Hope it works for you whatever it is..
Have a super Sunday!!

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ENDUROVET 2/12/2011 10:24PM

    Yes, I echo everyone else in wishing you the best of luck...

(But WHICH induction protocol are you referring to?) Inquiring minds want to know!

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CJBAGGINS 2/12/2011 10:12PM

    Good luck, Cat!
What is Induction?

cj

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1MIN17SECB412PM 2/12/2011 6:50PM

    Sorry, Cat, but... there's really sooo MANY inductions, I'm not sure what you're referring to. I see a lot of *luck* being sent your way, so I concur emoticon you must need some, whether it's for mathematical induction, electromagnetic induction, the high performance web application known as 'Induction' or any of the physical sciences, or... if it's into a spiritual organization of values and philosophy...

*B*E*S*T* *O*F* *L*U*C*K* on your journey!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/12/2011 6:01PM

    good luck!! i hope induction goes really fast and works great for you!

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50FITNFUN 2/12/2011 6:01PM

    Glad you are finally feeling better. Good luck with Induction. emoticon

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DANIMITE2 2/12/2011 2:51PM

    Good luck!

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Operation America 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011



I needed a little pick-me-up after recent events, and I got to thinking about how far I need to go to reach my goal weight. As I thought about the journey, I imagined it as a literal trip. I thought it might be fun to physically represent this metaphorical journey, so ...

I'm going to walk/wog across America! (And maybe parts of Canada, if it works out.) I plan to begin next week when I'm (hopefully) not sick anymore. This week, I want to see who's with me, and plan where we're going. Anyone fancy a visit? Let me know so I can include you on our route! Want to join me? You can walk/wog/jog/run/march/row/elliptical the distance, or do four times the distance on your bike/skates/skis. I'm going to break the miles down by destination and week, and we're going to wander across America, gaining friends and memories, and losing pounds!

I've set up a Spark team (It's on my page.) I can't wait to see who joins me, and where we'll go. I feel myself getting really excited and leaving my unfortunate January behind. Yippee!!

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DOTSLADY 2/13/2011 12:23PM

    I can't handle one more thing. LOL. I will watch and cheer you on?! emoticon

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 2/3/2011 12:38PM

    wog?! emoticon well, I can do a combination... of stairstepping, ellipticalling, and skating! emoticon

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SHORTTOOTH1 1/27/2011 3:22PM

    What a great idea!

Somehow I stopped getting notifications on your blog emoticon Hopefully that's fixed now.

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DISPATCH91 1/26/2011 9:28AM

    emoticonand emoticon for me.Sounds like fun.

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GO-LOEW 1/25/2011 10:10PM

    This sounds fun! I'll check out your page!

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FROLIC838 1/25/2011 10:34AM

    Sounds like fun! I'll walk with you. :)

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BRAVAH 1/25/2011 6:25AM

    Hi Cat!

Wow! What a cool way to think about your journey! Okay, I've signed up. But I have to warn you that other than logging miles, I don't know how much I'll be adding to the group. Sounds like fun, though!

Again, sorry about your disappointing start to the year. I'm so impressed that you are choosing to make something positive!

Cheers,
Heidi

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VEGANLINDS 1/24/2011 10:00PM

    Awesome idea! Be sure to stop in Chicago! :D

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RAVEN1025 1/24/2011 9:04PM

    Go Cat, go!!!!!

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DEBULACLARK 1/24/2011 8:56PM

    I'm in!!! This is reminiscent of how I met you Cat! Walking to Rivendell...

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SCHNOOGLES 1/24/2011 6:55PM

    Ooh, ooh, I'm in!

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CJBAGGINS 1/24/2011 6:36PM

    I'd like to join in!

cj

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CASSIEMARY28 1/24/2011 5:46PM

    Awesome idea!!! I'm in. :)

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FLORIDAFAN 1/24/2011 5:30PM

    You can come pick me up along the way....hee hee hee.

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SUETINGE 1/24/2011 5:28PM

    Sounds like fun. My feet are in.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/24/2011 4:29PM

    What a FANTASTIC idea!!! I AM WITH YOU!!! let me in on the itinerary!!!
hugs..and thanks for asking me along!!
Holly

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My Holiday

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Whew. Ok. I've been putting this one off because I wasn't sure how much I wanted to say or how I even felt about things. But here goes --

I've been talking about the Goofy since 2008. I signed up in spring, 2010 when my knee was looking strong and all things seemed possible. Unfortunately, things didn't go according to plan, and my knee has never completely come back. I only walk now, not "wog", and the knee struggles with anything more than eight or nine miles. So my 1/2s are do-able with a bit of teeth-gritting, but not fulls.

I decided not to do the Goofy (1/2 on Saturday and full marathon on Sunday) before we even traveled. I planned ot do the 5K with my BFF, do the half on Saturday, and cheer her on in her first full marathon. It's been ages since we really got to spend time together, and forever since we visited without children around, so I was psyched.

I arrived at Walt Disneyworld very late Wednesday. I thought BFF was arriving on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, she arrived closer to dinner time. The Magic Kingdom just isn't all that magical by oneself, I'm sorry to say. She arrived, we went to the expo, and it was bittersweet to receive all the "stuff" associated with the race and the encouragement from the well meaning volunteers who thought I'd be racing both big races.

We had a blast in the "Best Friends 5K" on Friday. Woody and Buzz hosted, and spirits were high. We saw lots of people in fancy dress. It was fantastic to spend time with my friend, and time limits be darned -- we just walked, took lots of silly pictures, and enjoyed ourselves.

My BFF and I were at Epcot when we finished the race, and it was just too tempting. We played in the park all day, and I logged 28000+ steps. Big mistake. The next day, I could feel that I just didn't have much "juice". I lined up and prepared for a tough few hours.

For some reason, friends who finish around my time received higher corral placements than I did. Because of the wave start, many of them started 30+ minutes ahead of me. Disney said we needed to maintain a 16-minute mile. I averaged 16:07 per miles for the first four miles. ...

... which meant I was mere seconds behines the pacers at the 4-mile mark This did not stop them from physicaly preventing me from continuing the race. For the love of 28 seconds, they frog marched me and those others behind the pace onto a bus, where our numbers were recorded, and then a woman PHYSICALLY CUT OFF MY CHRONOTAG so that I couldn't get back into the race. It was like being drummed out of the army. I was utterly humiliated, and it irritated me even further when I later saw how many other people averaged a much slower pace than I did but managed to finish because they had started earlier. My suspicions? I requested an XL shirt, and they assumed I was slow. Had I requested a S, I might have finished the race. Many people sobbed the whole ride back. I kept up a conversation with another determinedly pleasant women and tried not to think about it.

The bus took us to an area parallel to the finish line and after race area. In a mockery of the finishing ceremony, we disembarked, and walked a gauntlet of silent, solemn volunteers, who handed us race towels and MEDALS. I know what some of you are thinking, right? I'm a bling 'ho. I was happy, right? It's called a Finisher's Medal. You don't get one for showing up. It made me sick. I thought about handing it back to them, but the situation was so uncomfortable -- why make it worse?

When I returned to the hotel, my BFF was on the phone. I thought she would ask me about it, but instead we planned the rest of the day. I tried really hard to not dwell on it and ruin the weekend, and also keep her positive for her big race, but it was a hard for me when she suggested multiple times that I should line up with her for the marathon, even though I'd get pulled. I don't know if she was asking for support, but it didn't make me feel good, and combined with some other things, it left me with the impression that I think more of her than she thinks of me. I hope I'm wrong about that.

The good news? Her race went really well. She finished strong and had a lot to be proud of. I was at the finish line to see her come across and was super psyched when she finished in under five hours.

We had a good day in Hollywood Studios the next day, and then it was time to leave WDW. I was feeling icky. It was a little bit emotional and a little bit physical. Still, I hooked up with DANIMITE2 and her DH and went to Universal.

Wow! I loved visiting with my dear Sparkfriend, and it was huge fun to wander the world of Harry Potter. The only downside? I couldn't fit comfortably into the Hogwarts ride and ultimately opted not to ride rather than face the humiliation of being asked to get off. It's a new ride. One would think it was sized for people today. Still, it was another reminder that I'm not at the weight I should be.

We ate at the Three Broomsticks, and I discovered that butterbeer is one of the great delights in life. Yum!

I felt ill by that night, and by the next morning, it was clear that I was sick. I drove down to the Everglades as planned but spent the whole time in bed in the hotel, too feverish and sick to go anywhere. Keeping to the plan, I flew to Savannah to visit my father. The poor man. I was in bed almost the entire time. We did visit Fort Pulaski, which was fun. The NPS is following history. At this point in the Civil War (Janaury 20, 1861), Georgia was flying a "secessionist flag" but hadn't joined the not-formed-yet Confederacy. So we saw a white flag with a red star flying proudly over the fort. So clever. The NPS is going to show events in "real time" over the next five years. If I lived in America, I would definitely frequent these places to "live" the action. We also strolled through my absolute favourite cemetary Bonaventure Cemetary. I find it relaxing and beautiful, and if I ever wanted to be buries somewhere, it would be there!

Now I'm geting ready to return home. I'm still sick, but at least the fever broke a couple of days ago.

It wasn't the holiday I'd hoped for, but maybe I hoped for too much.

  
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MAPLELEAFMOM 2/27/2011 3:18PM

    OMG... I am so sorry that I am so behind in responding to this. HUGE emoticon going out to you. What a nasty experience, and at Disney no less emoticon I would write/call/email them to let you know how it made you feel that they did that and just for them to realize how totally nasty they were.

I must say that I had high hopes for my races in 2010 and it was a horrid, disappointing year for me. Through all my injuries I gained weight and just kind of lost hope and stopped exercising. I am ready to get back and start thinking about racing again, probably more in 2012 than 2011.

You can do anything you set your mind to and we will be cheering you on the whole way

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RAVEN1025 1/24/2011 9:04PM

    Oh honey. I try to avoid giving hugs on the internets, because it always feels so shallow (I will refrain from elaborating here). However, in this case I am making an exception. Hugs, hugs, and more hugs. Because if I were there, I would be giving you the most heartfelt, sincere, full of love hug I could. I understand the feelings of picking up your race packet, knowing you can't do the race. I made my husband pick up mine for the TC Marathon, because I was already so low about it, I couldn't face it. It was brave of you to go! The situation wasn't as dire, but when I did the half last April, and despite finishing in the top half time-wise, due to the poor organization of the race and having started over 30 minutes late I was the second-to-last to cross the finish line. They were already tearing down the finish line, all of the post-race goodies were shut down, they had even opened the course to traffic despite me being ahead of the lowest pace finish time. My husband thoughtfully grabbed some sustenance for me, otherwise I wouldn't have had anything. I chalked it up to it having been a local no-big-deal race. I thought Disney races were better than that. I assumed that they based the pick-ups on when the last folks crossed the start line. With how many entrants they have, and how generous they always seemed with the course fanfare, it never occurred to me that they would pull folks so closely. I am so bummed out for your experience. However, I am proud of you for giving it your all. So proud!! You are such an inspiration to me.

I agree with Foodgirl, and think you should talk to your friend. I get the feeling that she was trying to make you feel better, but didn't know just how to do it. Sometimes when we see the hearts of those we love breaking, we want to fix it and just don't know how. Maybe she thought focusing on having fun at the parks would distract you and make you feel better. Maybe she thought that queuing up for the marathon would give you the momentum to finish and make up for the unfortunate turn of events of the day before. I am just guessing, and looking for the best in human nature. You are such a wonderful person, and you attract good.

I am also so sorry you were sick. It isn't fun to be sick anyway, much less to be on vacation!

Here's to nothing but the best for the rest of 2011!!

Much love your way!!

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ENDUROVET 1/24/2011 4:19PM

    Man oh man.. Late on offering my condolences re: the Goofy-that-wasn't...

(I was actually coming over here to give you that "Beautiful Woman" award, but FunFrog beat me to it!).

I remember the creeping dread as I was trying to "ride my own ride" at the Tevis in Y2K, kept on falling farther & farther off-pace until I was pulled @ 56 mi. I knew when I saw the drag riders come around the bend behind me that we weren't gonna make it past the next checkpoint...

Onwards & upwards, hope you are feeling better soon!

luv Val

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DISPATCH91 1/23/2011 9:02PM

    Cat, I am so very sorry. You so looked forward to this trip,you definately deserved better treatment than what you were given.



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CJBAGGINS 1/22/2011 11:42PM

    Oh boy. So sorry that your well-planned holiday wasn't all you had hoped. I certainly don't think you hoped too much - the pacers could have cut you (and the others) some slack - I remember another race you did wherein the pacers kept stopping, and taking their sweet time tying their shoelaces, etc., to give you much-needed seconds to finish - you know, decent human being stuff. I do wonder, along with you, if you had ordered a different size shirt things would have been different. That is a sad state of affairs if it is true, but definitely a possibility.

Glad you're feeling better. I was feeling ill all during Christmas break. I felt well just in time to go back to work! It seems like it will be the same with you.

I am so pleased that your trip to 'Hogwarts' was a huge success, apart from the ride sizing. *sigh* That's disappointing.

Oh! I forgot to say that the overwhelming thing I took away from your whole blog was your determination to speak with a positive/pleasant woman after you were pulled out of the race. Most of what happens to us is coloured by our attitude - and you set me an example right there. Thank you!

Take care, sweetie.

cj




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BRAVAH 1/21/2011 4:52AM

    Dear Cat!

I am sorry to hear that the race didn't go how you had planned. I sincerely hope that you write to the race organizers and explain how you were rudely hustled out of the race when people with slower times were allowed to continue, just because they started earlier. That is not right!

I am glad that you were able to see a few fun things, and enjoy a butterbeer in the three broomsticks.

I hope you are feeling better!

Cheers,
Heidi

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DEBULACLARK 1/20/2011 7:21PM

    Cat I'm sorry your trip was such a mixture of ups and downs.

Shame on Disney - I agree with Holly...shouldn't matter how fast you go. The fact that you're doing it should keep you in it...

I hope you and your friend work things out.

Super duper jealous you got to go to see Harry Potter...how FUN!!! Is butterbeer really that yummmy?!

I'm so sorry you got sick too. Glad you're feeling a bit better...hope you feel like yourself again soon!




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50FITNFUN 1/20/2011 5:43PM

    Cat. I wish I could do something to make your holiday a better memory, but sadly I am just a novice witch at this point. emoticon I am truly dismayed and disheartened by the un-magical, un-Disney-like treatment you recieved from the booking of this trip, through the execution and the race pace nazis. Thankfully you had some bright spots in this trip with Danimite and your father. Try not to dwell on the bad and just hold onto the good moments.

Once you are feeling tip top again and you are ready, think about contacting your BFF. Perhaps she treated you insensitively or possibly you mistook her comments or the context in which they were said. Either way, you should let her know how you feel and give her the chance to make ammends if they are called for. If she really did mean the comments the way you took them, it's better to know now so you can decide how you want your friendship to proceed.

That being said; there are better times to look forward to on the horizon. emoticonYou have another race to do with cool pirate emoticonbling to earn, with a friend who will never treat you with anything less than respect and consideration. emoticon emoticon I can't wait to get to NC in April! We're gonna have a blast, and we're gonna get more bling. (See.. you make me aspire to greatness...I want to be as big a bling whore as you. emoticon)

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SUETINGE 1/20/2011 4:18PM

    I can't believe what you had to go through at Disney. I'm so sorry for all of it, and then to get ill on top of it? Yuck.

I'm glad you got to see Harry's World. That sounds like so much fun, but it's sad that the seat weren't a smidge bigger.

Hopefully next time you get back to the States you will have a better trip.

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SLCOLMAN 1/20/2011 2:54PM

    I hope that you are feeling better and that your illness has passed.
I have no words about what happened at the Disney race... I am so amazed by your strength!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/20/2011 11:38AM

    My dear Cat...maybe they called it the Goofy because thats what the people were. I am sorry you had that experience. I am also sorry that you got sick, and your friend wasnt friend-like. That stinks. OK on the pacers..i get what, but i dont get why. In my mind anyone with the guts and determination to line up should be allowed to finish. period. even if its 2 am. Even at that..SECONDS behind? come ON.
And the medal thing..i totally agree with you. winning something doesnt have alot of meaning if you didnt earn it..but in this case i think you MORE than earned it..but it should say..winner of putting up with and dealing with jerks.
I am SO glad you got to see Hogwarts..i would SO love to do that!!! And to see Dani too..thats fantastic!!!
I hope you are feeling better and your trip home goes smooth. Hopefully the next trip to the states will be MUCH better!!!! (i know some of it will!!!)

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FUNFROG79 1/20/2011 11:09AM

    Oh, dear! I'm so sorry you had to go thru that! emoticon Those pacers at Disney are my biggest fear. I'm so glad you got to go to Hogwarts, cool, huh? I LOVE the butterbeer and The Three Broomsticks! I'm sorry you are sick, I hope you feel better, emotionally and physically soon! emoticon

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AMUNET_RA 1/20/2011 10:58AM

    ((HUGS)) Glad that you had some wonderful times thrown in with the not-so-wonderful times, friend!

Boo to the pacers and the VERY un-Disney-like treatment of you and the others!!

Super jealous that you and Dani got to enjoy Harry Potter World together! I hope a bunch of Spark friends can meet up there some day and that we can all fit on the rides! I heard someone else mention that previously; that the rides were kind of tiny considering...

Hope you can rest and recoup now, for a bit, Sweetie!

LOVE you loads!!!
~~Bonnie

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night ....

Saturday, December 11, 2010



Summer lasted until a few weeks ago, but winter arrived with a vengeance yesterday. I wish I could find the words to convey the energy in the air. The rain falls so heavily that all the roads are flooded, and the wind whips about as though determined to uproot everything on the ground. Everywhere, one sees broken branches and uprooted trees. Every time I see more patio furniture fly by, I think , Aunit Em! Auntie Em!" hahaha

I feel so sorry for the poor sailors on the ships in the harbor down below, braving the angry sea. Giant swells are pounding the shoreline. They're scary but strangely thrilling.



Mr. MacDuff is funny. He has a little slicker, but he simply doesn't care for wet weather. When I take him out for walks, he runs from covered spot to covered sport, looks pathetic, and tries to shame me into bringing him back inside!

Sadly, these storms make Sparking difficult, as I keep losing power, bugger all. Still, I can't help but admire Mother Nature's raw power. Our world truly is amazing!

  
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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/27/2010 10:14PM

    Love the pics! You are so thoughtful to empathize with the sailors and Macduff. emoticon

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ANGELICASASSY 12/24/2010 7:21PM

  I am glad you are well!

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DOTSLADY 12/20/2010 12:34AM

    Intense photos ... and I just know it was more awesome in person. My lab doesn't like to walk on wet grass .. um, she's a water dog? lol She prances. She also cowers at thunder or fireworks .. um, she's a hunting dog? I feel for MacDuff.
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NIMAWEYGH 12/13/2010 9:54PM

    Oh Cat I love the rain, it is my most favorite thing and I bet I should have been born in the UK cause I would love it there.
My Ninnies doggie was just like that, she was part black lab but she hated for her feet to get wet or cold. I ended up getting her snow & rain booties and as long as she had them on she was fine.
She would have championed MacDuff............... emoticon

The photo's are so beautiful. I would love to be there having a cuppa with you and just watching. But BUMMER on the lost power.

Hang in there and I hope your having a wonderful week so far.

Love and hugs,
Nims

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ENDUROVET 12/13/2010 5:19PM

    One of the benefits to living on our hill is being able to witness beautiful lightning displays - I'll have to try to capture some photographic evidence this spring!

(Great photos BTW)

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FUNFROG79 12/13/2010 2:24PM

    Amazing pictures!!

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SUETINGE 12/13/2010 10:53AM

    Great pictures, Cat. At least MacDuff will go out in the rain. My dog absolutely refuses.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/13/2010 9:17AM

    Such beautiful pictures!!!! thank you for sharing!! Give MacDuff a pat for me and tell him i said...woof!!

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DISPATCH91 12/12/2010 9:31PM

    So glad you are safe

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BRAVAH 12/12/2010 5:05AM

    Hi Cat,

Sorry to hear that Mr MacDuff isn't enjoying the weather. But great pictures! I love nature's majesty (mostly). It is snowing here, but it is so windy that it isn't worth trying to ski. I hope that your power finds a way to stay on. But in the meantime, a bath with candles is always a nice power out activity.

And thank you for your comment on my blog. I am probably painting a poor picture of my sweetie... he is actually a good one for the most part. I use my blogs to vent when I am frustrated. He might be acting a bit selfish here - but then, am I, too? I mean, kayaking is one of his favorite things. Diving is my end all, be all favorite thing. I think I am justifying my selfish thoughts because he gets to stay for an extra week and fish. But is that fair? I shouldn't view our anniversary trip and his trip with his dad together... and yet, he is the one that forced them together. Alas, if I really look at it, I am super lucky to be heading to someplace warm for some diving at all. Thank you for your support, as always!

By the way, you mentioned that it is raining heavily there, but what are your winter temps like? Does it get cold where you are? Stay safe!

Cheers,
Heidi

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JHADZHIA 12/11/2010 11:41PM

    WOW! Sorry you have to endure such nasty weather! Stay safe!
Awesome photos!!!
It surely does make dog walking a trial :( Our dog Bendix never cared one hoot about the weather and is always eager to go out no matter how cold or nasty it gets. He was okay with thunderstorms, but gets scared when kids in the area set off fireworks which they seem to do on a regular basis regardless of the season or holiday.
Enjoy your Sunday!

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REBECKY44 12/11/2010 9:27PM

    Those pictures are amazing! Sparking would be difficult for sure! Whenever we have a lightening storm I shut the computer down... no Sparking until the Sparks stop flying!

Buddy has a slicker too. When I take him out in it he won't do his "business" until I take it off of him. He looks so cute in it though. He sits by the window and watches the lightening. I never saw a dog like him who wasn't afraid of lightening & thunder. How does MacDuff do?
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LONGWINDINGROAD 12/11/2010 7:24PM

    HAHA! It sounds like we both have interesting dogs! They have such funny personalities! Not only do my dogs go on strike while walking (I liked that comment on my blog, by the way!!), my doberman HATES any kind of precipitation! Except he just sits down and refuses to go the the bathroom...you'd think he'd realize that if he just hurried and did his duty we could go in the house!!

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EPIPHANYANGEL 12/11/2010 3:38PM

    wow....amazing pictures.

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SLCOLMAN 12/11/2010 3:13PM

    Amazing natures fury at times! Gorgeous shots!

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ESBELL 12/11/2010 3:08PM

    Beautiful pictures! thanks for sharing those!

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