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Tea Time

Saturday, November 19, 2011

On cold evenings like these, there is nothing better than a nice cup of hot tea. I am not much of an herbal tea kind of gal... I like black teas. Earl Gray is my most favorite. I also like just regular straight up Lipton. I have been trying to get used to drinking decaf. Once I have my surgery, I will only be allowed one cup of a caffeinated beverage per day. I would rather spend that on my daily cup of coffee. I am permitted to have as much decaf as I want. I usually drink it with a packet of splenda and some times a little french vanilla creamer, but sometimes not.

I am going to the doctor in Monday for my monthly check in. I am still not losing weight, but I have accepted it at this point in the journey. The little bit of weight I have managed to lose, has come back on, then went back off, then came back off... and lather, rinse and repeat.

I admit that I have not been going to the gym because my membership ran out, so I have just been doing stuff at home - walking, bike, walk away the pounds.... I did call the gym, and they are running a special next month, so they advised me to wait until then. Membership will be $25/month instead of $30 - which is pretty good. I am sad that I am leaving my other gym, because it had a lot of great features, but it is just a pain in the behind to make a special 30 mile round trip. The new gym, while it doesn't have as many perks, is literally a 1/2 mile from my job. I have to drive past it on my way to and from work. It will just work out better. I mean, as long as they have an elliptical, treadmill and some weights, I should be just fine.

Work really sucked today. People are such jerks...

We are having Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday at my parents. Since Him and I are both off my family decided to have it on a day where we could all be together and not have to worry about one of us rushing off to work. I am looking forward to spending the day with my family, and pumpkin pie without the pie. It is my most favorite! Since I don't like pie crust, my mom makes me pumpkin pie with no crust and just bakes the filling in a dish.

I think that is all for now

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/20/2011 10:53AM

    That's a good idea with the pumpkin pie - I would love it that way, will have to try that too! Yes, I agree about people these days - seems worse before Christmas, people aren't great. Hope your appointment goes well and you will get back to the gym soon enough!

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I am cheap...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I went phone shopping today. I was going to buy a new Smartphone. I ended up not buying anything. I just can't justify paying that much for phone service. My bill will go from being around $50 to over $100 and I just can't see spending that much on phone service. I don't know how people justify it... I am trying really hard too, and haven't been able to.

I had a hard time spending $100 on contacts, and I need those to see!

I did get some fantastic Mexican food on my adventures today. Other than that, I came home empty handed.

Lucy cat has a vet appointment tomorrow as a follow up to her surgery. On Friday my grandparents are coming to visit, and I have to work the weekend.

I think that is all for now

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JESSYVIRGINY 11/17/2011 12:57PM

    I totally understand how you feel. My phone is a pay as you go. And I never put more than 20$ a month in it.


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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/17/2011 8:52AM

    I don't have a phone either. I refuse to spend that much - they are so greedy. With all the phones out there I'm sure they could lower the prices.

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SLIMLILA 11/16/2011 11:42PM

    We're still using pay as you go, I can't see that much on a phone either... I still wear glasses, too cheap to go with contacts!?!?!?! But I feel like I spend within my means and as long as I pay for my own stuff, I think it's my business...

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ABBYNORMALOH75 11/16/2011 11:03PM

    i also refuse to spend that much money on phone service. I actually cancelled my cell phone and went with a prepaid service. I get unlimited texting and internet and enough talk minutes that I never go over for just $35.00 a month. I am glad to know I am not the only FRUGAL person out there.

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STEELKICKIN 11/16/2011 9:19PM

    That's funny...I am exactly the SAME WAY!! I once wore a pair of contacts for eight years because I could see "just fine" if I looked through them a certain way....

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On Smoking... or lack there of?!?!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I smoked for about 15 years. I quit July 16, 2009. I have been smoke free for quite a while. 2 years and 4 months roughly.

Lately, and I don't know why, I have been getting the urge to smoke. I am having constant dreams about it. Sometimes, I just really want to smoke.

I keep fighting the urge... I know that I am better than that and that I can beat it, but I want to know WHY I am having these issues. I want to know what is making me WANT to smoke? I could understand it if...
1. I had only quit a short time ago
2. I was constantly around smokers

but neither of these apply to me. I mean, sometimes it takes all the restraint I have in my body to resist. Sometimes I just want to stop and buy a pack and smoke smoke smoke!

In other news, I didn't go to my |Great Aunt's funeral today. I called my Grandmother and sent her a card. I had to work... what can I say? I mean, my family understands, and honestly I don't feel any guilt about it. What I do feel horrible about is Teddy. Teddy was my aunt's dog. My aunt loved Teddy, and now I guess they don't know what they are going to do with him. My cousin has him right now, but he isn't exactly good with little kids. Actually, he might be good with little kids, my cousin's kids are just spoiled brats. Me taking him is out of the question. So, I am not sure what they are going to do with him... I hope they find a home for him.

My eye appointment is tomorrow, and I think I am going to get some take out Mexican. They have this awesome grilled chicken in a pineapple that is soooo yummy. It has a bunch of other stuff in it too, but it is fantastic! I am pretty sure that it isn't overly horrible for me either. Plus it is a HUGE portion, so I will have enough for at least 3 meals out of it.

I think that is all for now

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CHRISTYBUG 11/16/2011 11:35AM

    I've been smoke free for just over a year and a half (quit April 30, 2010) and I know exactly what you're going through. For the most part, the smell of cigarettes makes me sick to my stomach, but every now and again (more frequently if I'm stressed) the smell of a freshly lit cigarette gives me the urge to go tackle the person smoking and steal their cigarette. A lot of the time it takes every fiber or my being to stop it. My mother, who hasn't smoked in at least 25 years says that still happens to her from time to time.

I just think of my bank account, remind myself of the fact that I don't smell, and that my dog isn't being exposed to that deadly habit. It makes it easier knowing that I'm not slowly killing myself, and my dog.

When you feel the need to smoke, drink a glass of water. :)

Don't give into temptation... YOU CAN DO IT!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/16/2011 10:14AM

    Resist the urge, it is money thrown away and also killing yourself. Don't worry about not being at the funeral, you were there for her when she was alive.

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/16/2011 1:36AM

    I also quit smoking .. back on January 1st, 2001, hard to believe it has been 10 plus years. I know, if I hadn't quit, I would not be here today! I hope you can ride this out and not give in to the temptation,,, which is interesting isn't it,, what triggered the desire? I think about it sometimes, but thank goodness, no real craving! Good luck, Spark Friend!! I hope you have a wonderful week! That grilled chicken sounds totally awesome! emoticon

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HUGE - I feel it...

Monday, November 14, 2011

I am feeling kind of HUGE today... blah.

My great aunt died. Her funeral is tomorrow, and I don't think I am going. I don't know. I mean, I know I should go, but I don't see the point of going. It is my grandmother's sister. We weren't close. I mean, I know she is going to expect me to show up, but in my defense I work until 5am and the funeral is at 1100. Which means... I would have to get up at 9, leave the house by 10 to get there on time. When you get home from work at 5am, that makes it a little rough. I don't know... blah

I have an eye appointment on Wednesday to get my contacts. Then on Thursday I have to take the cat to the vet for her post-surgical checkup. Friday my grandparents are coming to visit.

I am thinking about getting a new smart phone. I don't know what kind I want... I just know that I don't want an iPhone. I am not sure if I am ready to shell out the money for it either. I mean, I can get the phone for free, however, with the data plan, and the messaging and stuff, my cell bill will most likely be over $100. I think that is too much to pay for phone. The reason I am thinking about getting a new one is because my internet at work blows, and it is hard to talk to my friends. Of course, I am supposed to be working, not playing on the internet... but it helps time go faster, and I am an excellent multi-takser anyway. I am still not sure. I need to be saving all of the money I can right now.

Speaking of... it looks like the insurance paid for some of my sleep study. I don't know how much of it I will need to cover, but it paid for some of it, so that makes me happy!

I contacted the surgeon's office, and the only thing I have left to do is 4 more months of Doctor supervised diet and exercise. I need to go join my new gym next month. I was going to do it this month, but then I got hit with the expenses for the cat. I guess I can see how much it is. I get a discount through work. I have to admit, I do feel a lot better when I go. Since it is right by my work, I should be able to cruise in at 5:30am and do 20mins on the elliptical before heading home. I get a max calorie burn on the elliptical. I am not so worried about strength training at this point in the game. Post-surgery, I am going to have to hire a trainer to work with me. I think that will be my best bet. Even if it is just for a few sessions to help establish a good, solid strength training routine.

I can't wait to get my bike rack for Christmas. I am looking forward to doing lots of riding this summer. I suppose I can ride my bike all year around as long as there is no snow on the road? I don't see why not, I will just have to dress warm!

I think that is all for now

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BILL60 11/15/2011 8:06AM

    Bunches of "I's" in your blog and not too many "We's". In your shoes, I would definitely go and tough it for one day. Good luck!!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/14/2011 10:51PM

    You have a lot of decisions to make in the future. But looks like you have good reasons for the choices you are making. Have a wonderful night and get some good sleep.

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No thanks, I don't like Kool Aid...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In the wake of all of the controversy surrounding Penn State I am struggling to understand something.

First, I think it is important to point out a few facts about myself, so perhaps someone may better understand my question.

I am a 2002 graduate of Penn State
I grew up less than 20 miles from the main campus
My father worked for Penn State for 35 years
I grew up "State" - my parents and grandparents were always taking me to Penn State to the Ag Barns, the Deer Pens, Ag Progress Days, the Creamery (which has the most fabulous ice cream in the world) - As I got older, I attended concerts on campus and went to exhibits.

So, given all of that, why is it when people shout WE ARE... PENN STATE the only thing I think is... shut the $&%^ Up? I don't feel any sense of school pride. My coworker owns every Penn State shirt known to man, and I own nothing. He, by the way, didn't even attend Penn State.

When I asked this question to a few other people, my boss said that the reason people have such a strong affinity for a school is because it helps identify them as part of a group. It helps people identify with other people and gives them a sense of belonging.

Ok, that makes sense, but that still makes me wonder what it is that I am not understanding. Is it that I have no desire to be part of a group? Or, is it that they have something figured out that I haven't?

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MRE1956 11/13/2011 7:37AM

    I only have about a year's worth of community college credits to my name, so I definitely have no strong pull, either, as far as that goes - frankly, I don't get why people feel the way they do about colleges (scandals or not - I live in an area where a large collage also had a big scandal brew recently)

I mean, REALLY, people - what gives here? It's an institution you attend for 2-4 years (or whatever), get your credits and degrees, LEAVE and GO FORTH WITH YOUR "loyalty" at this point in my life needs to be to ME (and those closest to me, of course).....

Just sayin'.....


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DIANITAH 11/12/2011 6:47PM

    I don't feel a strong pull to my undergraduate institution either. I am very supportive and loyal to the school where I teach but that's more of a loyalty to my students.

You shouldn't think you are weird. A former students of mine played a big time sport for a major university. He loved his teammates and his coach but thought the blindly loyal fans were psycho. He was embarrassed about their boorish behavior. His first status after his last NCAA game last year? "Let's see how many of you care about me now that I don't wear the uniform."

I don't think it's bad to love one's school but being blindly loyal in the case of those supporting Paterno is actually quite pathetic.

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