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DOWN XX....BYE BYE

Friday, May 20, 2011

So happy to have moved that scale..20 lbs gone. Can't remember, in all my yo-yo years, having lost 20 lbs and been so positive about losing more. It feels really good!
We walk every morning, 2 to 3 miles, rain or shine, which is good because we've been deluged. In fact, I think I hear a lot of hammering and wood sawing up the road and we're concerned someone may be building an ARK!
GOALS TODAY:
Walk .. done
Track and post
Choose recipes and shop for the few things needed
Start Lena's costume (Yes, her Woobie/afghan is finished)
Chicken Escondido for dinner with spinach salad and a new white wine to try
Bed by 11

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Harlequin Novel, Updated ... 2011 Version‏

He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone. He approached me soundlessly, from behind and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear."Just relax."



Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing and moving upward along my calves, slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat.



I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure. When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder and partly closed my eyes, my pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage. And then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply.



Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my panties. Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. This is a man, I thought. A man used to taking charge. A man not used to taking 'No' for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say...









"Okay ma'am, you can board your flight now."

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 5/27/2011 5:23PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. Walking is great exercise and fun to do.
Kay

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BAM-MA 5/22/2011 12:26PM

    Way to go on the 20 lbs!



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CRAVINGLIFE 5/20/2011 7:29PM

    Congratulations on the 20 lbs. gone! You worked hard for that!

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/20/2011 6:07PM

    TWENTY POUNDS is AWESOME !!! you are really doing fantastic ....

Lovin' the joke .... I used to work in the visiting room at a prison and had to do those body pat downs on the visitors ... believe me, it is NOT one of any officer's favorite things to do .... but a necessary duty.

Roc
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WILLOW49 5/20/2011 3:11PM

    Great job on losing those 20 lbs.!!! So proud of you!
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I Can Never Tell My Husband

Friday, May 13, 2011

So many SP recipes that I've discovered that include ingredients that he "hates," but that he has declared..."Delicious!!"
The latest 'no tell the ingredients' is Pong Pong Pork Chops. He loved it and is having the leftovers tonight for dinner with a big salad. The DELICIOUSLY DECEPTIVE BANANA BREAD was a huge hit and I'm making it again today..using my NEW NINJA!!!!! I made my first Smoothie this morning ... yes, my FIRST!! It was delicious. However, my Ninja did not come with a cookbook and I cannot imagine the powerful 3 different sized container machine is only for Smoothies. Anyone have a suggestion? A good "Blender" cookbook?
GOALS TODAY:
Walk 3 miles...done
Track and Post
Make Chicken Escondido...done
Make Banana Bread
Straighten up the Yarn Bookcase while watching 'Bones' on Netflix
Finish Lena's Woobie
Start Nora's Woobie
Watch the final season's episode of 'Blue Blood'
Sleep by 11

Joke for you:

An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders some coffee. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the waiter, "Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?"
The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat, the bouncer is a blonde girl, I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate, the woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weightlifter, and the lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. Now think about it seriously Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?"
The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head, and mutters, "No, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."

Sorry, my blond friends..but it really cracked me up!!!!

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 11/19/2011 4:58PM

    The joke was really cute.
Thanks for the names of those recipes. I'll try them.
Kay

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MILMOM2000NEW 5/14/2011 8:53AM

    :) Thanks for the laugh this morning! I so needed it!

I totally get it what you mean about not being able to tell your hubby though! Mine is the same way and when they are good for you, if he knows, he cuts my meals up SO much! But if he doesn't know, .......... hummmm better for him right? Heee heeee

Have a great weekend!

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BAM-MA 5/13/2011 9:12PM

    You crack me up!!

I am sure that your "Secret" is safe with us. It is the ONE thing that is good to keep from your husband.

Love the joke!

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/13/2011 1:49PM

    That Ninja is pretty powerful so you can put things together for soups and salsas ... just about anything ... it demolishes ice cubes ... that's always a good sign on how strong it is !!

My personal spark cookbook is overflowing with recipes now ... sure have some goodies !!

Roc
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CBERGMAN4 5/13/2011 12:57PM

    That is funny! My Gram used to do the same thing to my Poppy. She would sneak all the things he hated into recipes. hehehe. I have never laughed so hard when I found that out.

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FRECKS96 5/13/2011 12:37PM

    mmm...pong pong pork chops are one of our favorite recipes from SP!

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3016DEBRA 5/13/2011 12:29PM

  LMAO!!!!! emoticon emoticon

Have a great weekend & would you share that banana bread recipe?


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4ANEWME2DAY 5/13/2011 12:27PM

    emoticon!!That one made me emoticonand I'm at work so I pretended I was coughing.

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HMEGLI 5/13/2011 12:16PM

    This makes me want to get a new blender and do something terribly exciting with it now! Your blender enthusiasm in catching! Hey, I may be blond, but that was a funny joke.

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NINJA...Help

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Got my Ninja system yesterday and i sure could use some recipes or directions. Anyone???
Nothing much going on today. Have to get the Van to the garage for a new key and ignition switch then to walmart to return a pair of exercise type capri pants that are TOO BIG!!!! Yippppeeeeeee! Then home to get a call from the friend who was in the hospital...she's going to the Dr. to get the "adhesion-preventing-blobs-of-gauze removed. Good grief!
We walked 3 .2 miles this motning then I did 20 minutes of a Bob Greene DVD. Anyone do that exercise program?
So, I'll get going...
GOALS TODAY:
Track and Post
Drink gallons of water
Get to garage and WallyWorld
Get GOOD news from BFF
Vacuum, dust and get laundry put away
Make Pong Pong Pork Chops ..SP Recipe...for dinner
Bed by 11


Joke for you

40 years of marriage..

A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.
Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table.
She said, 'For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.'

The wife answered, 'Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband
The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands.

The husband thought for a moment: 'Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.
The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish.

So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof!...

The husband became 92 years old.

The moral of this story:

Men who are ungrateful b**##**s should remember fairies are female.....


  
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JUSTJO66 5/11/2011 2:43PM

    Love the blog. :o)

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/11/2011 1:52PM

    We just love our Ninja .... not hard to use at all.

Love the joke.

Roc
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/11/2011 1:01PM

    Don't have information on the Ninja system. Sorry. Great goals...ones that are within your ability to reach.
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WILLOW49 5/11/2011 11:53AM

    Sorry, can't help with the Ninja system. Hooray for returning pants that were too big!

Have been enjoying the pool at RAC this week. Now if only I could get up the last step without any help...sigh!

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Saratoga Springs

Monday, May 09, 2011

Peter and I had a great time with my long-lost friend Pat, and her husband, Tom. Peter and Tom had much more in common than I could have hoped for..not just loving the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox but loving their wives. Is that wonderful or what?
We met at Applebees in Saratoga Springs, NY and of course, I ate too much. But, I surprised them all with a newspaper article about the Kentucky Derby and insisted they all pick a horse and put up a buck...Lottsa laughs, but they did it.
Then we went for a walk downtown, priced hats to wear while watching the Derby..our favorite was $520. We laughed, declined and kept walking.
Then back to the Hotel, Peter and I had drinks and snacks and the TV on the Derby Channel. We talked and talked until Post-Time..we watched; commented on Hats, etc.; hooted, cheered and hollered, and not one of us won. But, what fun!

Then we went out to eat dinner at a Buffet place, an it was great (can't remember the place.)
Then a drink at the Hotel Bar, then BED!
I didn't sleep very well.

I hope all your Mothers' had a beautiful-family-contacted-day!
I sent this to my daughters...not original to me
MY DEAR CHILD

You are the poem
I dreamed of writing

the masterpiece
I longed to paint.

You are the shining star
I reached for in my
ever hopeful quest
for life fulfilled...

You are my child.
Now with all things
I am blessed.
~~ Author Unknown ~~

The Oregon Daughter sent this:

"You are the beginning of my dream,
The source of my heart,

All things are possible now
Because you loved

The memories shine like stars
In the skies of my journey."

Happy Belated Mother's Day to all of you...
Hugs,
Catherine

  
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CJWORDPLAY 5/9/2011 10:59PM

    Sounds like you had a delightful visit. How terrific that you can make up ways to "play" that don't end up costing $520! Are hats fun - and fun to make fun of! emoticon

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FRECKS96 5/9/2011 9:53PM

    Aw, love the poems! It sounds like you had a wonderful day in Saratoga. I love it there, though I've only been once and I'm sure it would look quite different through adult (as opposed to college age) eyes.

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NOMIS1 5/9/2011 8:46PM

    Loved your blog and the poems. I am going on an overnight to Saratoga Springs in August.

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/9/2011 7:32PM

    Couldn't help but figure you would definitely enjoy yourself on the trip .... and having a wonderful husband ... ah such a delight !!

Loved the writings ... treasures for eternity.

Roc
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VINGRAM 5/9/2011 6:05PM

    The derby activities sound like you had a ball! Glad you had fun......and a belated Mother's Day to you, also! vista emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 5/9/2011 3:56PM

    This caught my eye since I am hoping to get up to Saratoga Springs soon. My daughters future inlaws live there. Do you recommend the hotel you stayed at?
Loved the Dear child poem and am about to pass that on to my 2 daughters.
Happy belated Mothers Day.

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WILLOW49 5/9/2011 3:48PM

    So glad you had a great time with you friends :) Even better that the hubbies get along so well, too!

Beautiful poems. I especially like My Dear Child.

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Love This Blog

Friday, May 06, 2011

http://www.dailyspark.comblog.asp?post=the
_dangers_of_goals_in_weight_loss_and_b
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This is the most interesting and meaningful Blog I've ever read on SP. I joined the Slowest Losers Team today because of him and hope to incorporate this kind of thinking into my life. I see myself doing what he has described...too focused on the goals of the journey and therefore not enjoying the ride.
This'll be short and sweet today and I'm copying the GOALS set yesterday:
GOALS FOR TODAY:
Track and Post
Walk at least 2.5 miles in the morning...DONE
Get to the Gym for Strength Work
Get the beds changed and laundry done
Pack for an overnight
Not Sure about this next entry???
Sit in the Living Room and watch TV and ROOT for the Boston Bruins...this will prevent Peter's having to come in to announce every score and play and , and, and! Yes, we are from Massachusetts and apparently we MUST care about the Bruins and the Red Sox, however, we don't seem to care at all about the Celtics?? Funny, huh?


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Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel very well waking up on that morning.
I went downstairs for breakfast hoping my husband would be pleasant and say,
'Happy Birthday!', and possibly have a small present for me.
As it turned out, he barely said good morning, let alone 'Happy Birthday.'
I thought... Well, that's marriage for you, but the kids... They will remember.

My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast and didn't say a word... So when I left for the office, I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.
As I walked into my office, my handsome Boss Rick, said, 'Good Morning, lady,
and by the way Happy Birthday!'

It felt a little better that at least someone had remembered.
I worked until one o'clock, when Rick knocked on my door and said, 'You know,
it's such a beautiful day outside, and it is your Birthday, what do you say we go out to lunch, just you and me...'I said, 'Thanks, Rick, that's the greatest thing I've heard all day. Let's go!'
We went to lunch. But we didn't go where we normally would go. He chose instead a quiet bistro with a private table. We had two martinis each and I enjoyed the meal tremendously.
On the way back to the office, Rick said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day...
We don't need to go straight back to the office, do we?' I responded, 'I guess not.
What do you have in mind?'
He said, 'Let's drop by my place, it's just around the corner.'
After arriving at his house, Rick turned to me and said, If you don't mind, I'm going to step into the bedroom for just a moment. I'll be right back.'
'Ok.' I nervously replied.
He went into the bedroom and, after a couple of minutes, he came out carrying a huge birthday cake... followed by my husband, my kids, and dozens of my friends
and co-workers, all singing 'Happy Birthday'.
And I just sat there...


On the couch...



Naked

  
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VINGRAM 5/6/2011 5:35PM

    Too funny!

I also read the Slowest Loser's blog today and you are right - he has a good point. We all need to enjoy wherever we are in our journeys and not make the ultimate goal the be all end all to us.

Thanks for making me smile today........hugs..........vista

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WILLOW49 5/6/2011 11:57AM

    ROFL!

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/6/2011 11:24AM

    my oh my .... LOL

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