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Hangin' with the REAL athletes

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I was privileged to spend this weekend with 2400 of the most amazing athletes I've ever encountered. I came away in awe--more inspired by and enthusiastic over these special people than any athletes I've ever even heard of. Their guts, determination and raw courage were enough to bring many strong people to tears. Their grace in adversity and generosity of spirit gave everyone who was lucky enough to watch them compete, a new appreciation of the term "athlete."

I spent the weekend at the Oregon Special Olympics.

These brave athletes make most professional athletes look puny and childish in comparison. Where else are you going to find a team of athletes who cheer for the competition? Who high five everyone in sight? Who feel that it's important to make everyone else feel good in order to feel that way themselves?

My team took home gold medals--which was exciting but not as exciting as watching all of the teams come home as winners. In addition to winning medals, they all came home with self-respect, with confidence and with smiles even larger than their hearts.

If you have any inclination to learn how REAL athletes compete, check out your local Special Olympics. They always need volunteers and I promise you that you will learn a whole lot more about yourself than you ever dreamed.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/19/2011 3:46PM

    It is a very rewarding endeavor. Congratulations on surrounding yourself with winners.

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GRAMMACATHY 7/18/2011 2:58AM

    That is precisely why I liked my job so much. Glad you had a great time.

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-SHAWN- 7/17/2011 11:11PM

    Ah... wish my grandson could participate....

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Leaving a Bad Relationship

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'll tell you the problem with having Oreos in the house--they're so dang noisy! No matter what room I'm in, I can hear their siren song: "Come to me, baby! You know you want me. I'm here for you; I know exactly how you like it," and all sorts of b.s. that I swear that I won't believe the next time but I always fall for it. Always.

Now it's easy to say that I could just tune them out since I know from sad experience that they're lying to me--they really DON'T fulfill all my fantasies like they claim that they will--they just leave me feeling used and abused. "Come on, baby, just one--I promise!" I've heard THAT line a thousand times and I know that I'll just end up with a bag of Oreo crumbs, an empty feeling, and that dizzy, sorta sick queasiness that I know so well.

But I'm weak and they eventually wear me down. "Come get me--it'll be different this time." As if. "You can stop at one; you can stop anytime you want. Really." Eventually I succumb. Every single time they're in the house, I eat every last one of them.

The only way to break myself of the Oreo jones is to keep as far away from the lyin' devils as I can. I don't care if they're PAYING you at Safeway to take them off their hands--I'm not falling for it. I don't care if I have to get a restraining order--they're NOT coming into my house again!

Because as soon as they start their sweet-talkin' from the cupboard, ("Oooh, Baby! You know you want it. I won't ever leave you hurtin' again. We can be soooo good together...Just once for old times sake??") I know that I'm a goner.

  
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TREV1964 9/10/2013 10:08PM

    Great blog by the way.

Personally we do not have any form of biscuits in the house nowadays and this way if ever I want something like this I have to go three miles to our nearest shop to get them so I have to be really committed to source them.

Not only are biscuits very moreish but when in your cupboard are so very instant and very easy it can lead to a binge just like that. I personally find that if the convenience and immediate availability isn't there the craving tends to go away almost instantly.

If this is not so easily do-able try wrapping up the oreos individually in cling film so you can grab a packet of one and less than 100 calories as opposed to a full packet of 12 and the 1000 to 1200 calories that go with it. The same method of breaking up a bar of chocolate and wrapping up the individual chunks with aluminium foil before putting them in the freezer so you help yourself to a chunk instead of a bar. This works for me and others that I know and if it can help then go for it as an alternative.

Cheers

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SHARONA_P 10/19/2010 4:57PM

    Resist! Kick that oreo habit to the curb! You can do it! And a good first step is just never bringing them in the house! : ) If it's in the house, it is pretty likely that I'll eat it. so help yourself by skipping that ailse in the grocery store.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/23/2010 2:16PM

    I have a baked goods rule in my house: If I didn't bake a low sugar, low fat version of "it," I refuse to eat it. I know if I bake it (which is rare since I have little time to bake) it will actually have nutritional value! If someone else baked it, well....prolly NOT!
Glad to see you have kicked that sweet talker to the curb!


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GRYPHON55 9/21/2010 10:31PM

    Ah, you're inside my head, only with me it's cookie dough. That siren song is piercing, and I know what you mean about not having them in the house. Your post made me cringe and laugh at the same time! We're so human, all of us emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 9/21/2010 5:04PM

    I dumped Mr. Oreo. He is a sneaky devil. Right now I am struggling with Mr. Chocolate Chip Cake. I need to give him the boot too.
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_RAMONA 9/21/2010 12:02PM

    Brilliantly put... stick to your guns!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/21/2010 9:12AM

    LOL. I can relate. I have blinders on when I go down that aisles. I don't see the Oreos or the Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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LLEWIS6879 9/21/2010 8:54AM

    It's SO true... Trigger foods do have a draw that is almost sexual, and yet, empty calories, like empty sex just leave you feeling BAD.
As a huge sugar junkie (way past "Carbs" I used to eat brown sugar out of the bag...) I could never understand that thing how people said they felt bad after eating too much sugar. "Too much sugar" was something that wasn't even a concept to me.
Now that I've been eating differently...
Well, at a Labor Day barbeque, I decided to forgo appetizers because I wanted the deserts. And I ate them, without reservation or guilt. Less than I used to but more than I should have...
and I went to bed that night just feeling awful... head, stomach Blah...
I actually thought I was getting sick!
It didn't occur to me till the next morning that I had done this to myself...
I just have a very difficult time having that stuff in the house. Don't buy it Elsie... It's like heroine! Crack!! Meth!!! An empty high, then a FALL!!!!!! The more you have the more you want...
AND it's ALMOST as hard on your teeth.....
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"My name is Laura and I'm a sugar-holic..."


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ZAHNASGRANDMA 9/21/2010 8:30AM

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SCHWINNER! 9/21/2010 7:43AM

    I have the same problem with Double Stuf Oreos - I know your pain all too well. I took the same approach - just don't bring them into the house, and then they're easy to resist!! :)

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DANCINGGARDENER 9/21/2010 6:49AM

    aaaaaaarrrrr.... They are talking in my head!

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MRE1956 9/21/2010 4:52AM

    Yep - gotta HATE it when those $#!@# things speak to ya......



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MORRISDATTER 9/21/2010 1:42AM

    Oh, man, they should be illegalized along with all their sugar-soaked friends! Addictive buggers. Get to your nearest OreosByTheBags Annonymous as soon as you can. You can do it! You've taken the first step against those lying, sickening, headache-giving, sickness-inducing yucky things. The next Safeway guy that tries to lure you back in, jist wap 'im upside thu hayad!
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THEONEBLUEGECKO 9/21/2010 1:12AM

    I love this. The sounds are so tempting, chip bags, cookie containers, all those things the family is snacking on that you are trying to refrain from the best you can. I even find that TV shows about food temps me. I was watching a cake making show and could not stop thinking how much I was wanting cake - even though I actually don't really like cake that much.

But Oreos are among the worst, one is too small to satisfy a craving and more becomes just too tempting.

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FWBLONDIE 9/21/2010 12:25AM

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READY2ROCK206 9/21/2010 12:24AM

    *tee hee* I have an empty snack size oreo pack my son left next to me on the couch - luckily it is empty and I think there are no more packs!

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READY2ROCK206 9/21/2010 12:24AM

    *tee hee* I have an empty snack size oreo pack my son left next to me on the couch - luckily it is empty and I think there are no more packs!

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FWBLONDIE 9/21/2010 12:23AM

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TUCSONJILL 9/21/2010 12:21AM

    Too funny, Elsie_Bee! Kick those lyin' bums outta there!

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FRIENDOFBACH 9/20/2010 11:55PM

  Stick to your guns! and Bravo!
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Quote of the Day

Monday, September 06, 2010

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
---MLK

  
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ELSEEBEE 9/6/2010 3:56PM

    Love the quote! So true!

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SPWHITESTONE 9/6/2010 12:55PM

    Great quote, but not so good for my perfectionistic self. I'm learning that it's okay to not be so painstakenly excellent all the time. Imperfectly doing work that uplifts humanity can still have dignity and importance.
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GRAMMACATHY 9/6/2010 12:47PM

    Hi Bee,
This seems perfect for all the teachers heading back to work.

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RACEMOM576900 9/6/2010 10:38AM

    Great Quote!

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I've Had Better Days

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hai K'nai, the cat who adopted us last October, came home yesterday morning with a bloody and mangled throat where he had been attacked by another animal. (The vet said that it was probably another cat. Whew! I was afraid that it was one of the neighborhood kids who was taking this 'Twilight' thing to an extreme.*) $250 later, the cat was back home--having had, I hope, a lesson in pacificism.

I called Kaiser first thing this morning because the husband was experiencing severe pain in his lower left quadrant. He saw his doctor within a couple of hours and she made an appointment with the surgeon for a consultation for hernia surgery. Good news--he'll be fine/ Bad news--surgery.

I won't even go into the argument about whether or not the air conditioning on the truck was still covered under warranty. (Who has ever heard that the one-year warranty on the job they did last July isn't in effect because we haven't used the air con enough for the what's-its not to dry out??? Why in the world would we have used the air con in the Pacific NW since last September??? I'm never in the mood for this sort of b.s. but particularly, I wasn't in the mood yesterday!)

This summer has pretty much sucked so far.

*Before you get all worked up, the 'Twilight' comment was my feeble attempt at a joke.



  
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STITCHES182 9/1/2010 4:47PM

    Wondering how the rest of your summer went? Please tell me it improved, that would make one of us.

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DERTREFFER 7/3/2010 10:34PM

    Sorry that you had such a rough day! My husband had to have the double hernia surgery last winter. He was bed ridden (pretty much) for a while. The poor guy was just back to work and then he falls and breaks his tail bone! He's better now, but he still gets sore in his belly and his butt from time to time! It will get better Bee! We gotta wade through the effluvia sometimes for the good times to really shine, right?

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LLEWIS6879 7/1/2010 10:00PM

    You know, I'm not such a "glass is half-full" kind of girl, but the cat could have been worse in that he could have NOT been able to be repaired and you would have had to make a VERY difficult decision.

Husband... could have been MUCH worse. At least what he has is easily fixable.
Back in January, my husband had a thing in his neck and I was DISAPPOINTED that it wasn't a herniated disk and thus reparable.
What he HAS (brachial neuritis) is NOT fixable and he has a 70% chance of getting full use of his (dominant) right hand within TWO YEARS!!! (and a 90% chance of full recovery in THREE years!!!) Many thousands of hours in physical therapy, many thousands of dollars that are not reimbursable by insurance. and still that over-riding fear that he may NEVER be able to fully use his hand again. Sometimes he can't cut his own food. A herniated disc (or a different kind of hernia) would have been a GIFT compared to what he is (and by extension, we are) going through now.
So, congratulations on the knowledge that after a minor inconvenience, you will have your husband back, just like he was before...
(assuming, of course, that that is a GOOD thing...)

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(and there IS a half full for your A/C... that you DO live in the pacific NW and actually only need your air conditioning 4 days a year. You could live in ARIZONA!!!
(okay, now I'm just being a smart-@ss!)

I genuinely hope everyone in your house is much better soon! You deserve it!
with love and respect and healing wishes for all of you.
Laura

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CRIMSONSKY 7/1/2010 8:16PM

    Hope things turn a corner for you and your family (and cat!) soon, Els! Take care of yourself.

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DANCINGGARDENER 7/1/2010 6:49PM

    This summer just seems to be a bummer for a lot of people... I personally am blaming AIG & BP for everything that goes wrong. It just makes me feel a little better that way.

(I caught the twilight joke, but having to explain that it was a joke to the diehards was even funnier!)

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ONEBAGONLY 7/1/2010 1:50PM

    That was a rough one. I'm glad the cat and the husband can both be repaired.
I rarely lose my temper but I actually screamed at a guy over a car repair once. Turns out the problems were caused by a manufacturers defect they had known about the first two times I'd taken the car in. While telling me "we can't find anything wrong"" and sometimes people imagine things".

Hang in there. Things will get better.
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SCHWINNER! 7/1/2010 7:25AM

    Sorry you had a rough day, but I'm glad the hubby and kitty are going to be okay!! You know I've been having AC troubles so I feel ya there!! Just think - today just HAS to be better! Hang in there!

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IDEBORAH 6/30/2010 4:29PM

    Elsie, this morning I woke up to find dog poop in the house. Walking over to the paper towels I slipped in a puddle of dog urine, falling in and landing hard. And you know none of the dogs is taking responsibility for the mess or my bruises.

All I can say is that is a comfort to me that someone of your quality is also having a time. But I'm thinking better days are ahead for both of us (even if I can't figure out how to close the fiscal year in this new software).

I'm sorry you're taking such a beating and I'm holding a good thought for the cat and your sweetie.



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GRAMMACATHY 6/30/2010 3:27PM

    I woke in a funk from a sleepless night, so am feeling quite empathetic. On a positive note, the sun is shining......of course that is suppose to change tomorrow...... Maybe we just aren't use to this much sun. Tomorrow will be a better day. I am glad Kitty and Hubby are going to be enjoying good health soon. Hopefully the car will too.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2010 11:19AM

    Sorry about the cat and hubby and the air conditioning. You are taking a beating right now. I hope things improve soon.

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ELSEEBEE 6/30/2010 10:50AM

    Frankly, my dear, I laughed at your Twilight comment (But then we all know that us elseebees have a weird sense of humor).
Seriously, hugs to your hubby and the cat. (Well, maybe just a pat of the top of the head for each- doesn't sound like either one's in the mood for a hug.)

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CARRKM 6/30/2010 10:37AM

  Ha! Ha! Ha! I am in the same boat with you... parents here for summer - Dad just got diagnosed w/hernia (neither are too healthy as is)... son & I have severe headcolds, pool filter not working, ice-maker on fridge is out, hubby extremely busy @ work & coaching baseball... I know I am missing something! LOL! All I can do at this point is laugh!

Hang in there - these things go in cycles, and yours & mine have got to get on the up-swing soon!

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JILLTBNAGART 6/30/2010 10:37AM

    Wow. I hope things get better. I totally understand the no need for a/c out here!


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I am such a klutz

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yesterday, I finally tackled the lawn mowing after a very long time of rain and rain and rain. We have one section that goes out to the street that's at an extremely steep angle and almost impossible to mow with a mower unless you have the upper body strength of...what I thought I had. I stand on the even part and by the time I get the mower up the hill, my arms are just about straight out. Steep.

Long story short, I got the majority of it mowed but when I had the mower at the top, my foot went into a hole, my leg twisted sideways, and the mower started downhill toward me. Not even thinking, I held onto the mower and moved it to my right side away from my body. The mower tipped onto its side and my foot was still stuck in the hole and I wrenched my whole body to the right with pretty much the full weight of the mower.

So much for mowing yesterday. I took some Ibuprofen and decided that my lawn is not worth my life and I quit for the day. I used the weed whacker on the rest of the hill today and finished that section but then I gave up. I hurt.

So I decided that I need some new summer pants since I've cleaned out my closet of all the stuff that no longer fits because it's all too big on me. I proudly went to the size 10's and brought them into the dressing room to try on. None of them fit.

They were all too big! I guess that I skipped size 10 entirely and now wear a size 8. WooHoo! It was rather exciting and just about made up for the fact that I injured myself over some stupid grass.

  
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MAKING140BY40 6/25/2010 1:59AM

    Woo-hoo on skipping size 10! You go girl! I have to add mowing is definitely not worth your life. I am glad you are alright!

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GRYPHON55 6/24/2010 9:40AM

    Yikes, mowers are powerful, big things! I'm so glad you didn't get badly hurt. Rest and keep up the ibuprofen, OK? And congratulations on the size 8, that's freakin' fantastic!!!
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SCHWINNER! 6/24/2010 7:29AM

    YIKES!!!! That could have been a really bad day for you. I'm so glad you're (mostly) alright. This totally sounds like something that would happen to me. I trip over cracks in the sidewalk like nobody's business.

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ONEBAGONLY 6/24/2010 7:25AM

    AAEIHH (however that supposed to be written) You scared the bejesus outta me!
Once while mowing the lawn with my father we went flying over a stone ledge and fell to the terrace below. Somehow we (including the mower) survived relatively unscathed. I can still hear my father's voice as he gravely instructed me, "Your mother does not need to know about this".
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TUCSONJILL 6/23/2010 11:55PM

    Times like that I'm glad we only have a small plot of weeds to maintain. I'm sorry you hurt, but I'm SO glad it wasn't any worse! (Had visions of serious blade-induced damage there for a moment... not good at all.)

And, yippee! on your new size 8 self! Congrats!

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DERTREFFER 6/23/2010 10:00PM

    I know how hard it is to mow on an incline! About a third of my yard is on a 45 degree angle and boy does it suck to mow. I try to do the front one day and the back the next because after that hill I'm done!

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Sorry to hear that you hurt your ankle! Those sort of annoying injuries are the worst! They are embarassing and make me feel like I should be able to overcome them and just move on, but when I do that they just persist.

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It's wonderful to hear that you are down to a size 8! You are in a ghreat size to be, lot's a pretty clothes in size 8!

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CRIMSONSKY 6/23/2010 9:09PM

    Glad you're alright! Serious props about the clothes. emoticon

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CMRAND54 6/23/2010 8:59PM

    Oh, please be careful of yourself. The grass isn't worth an injury.

Congratulations on the size 8 pants! That is a definite Woo Hoo!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/23/2010 8:55PM

    I'm glad you were not injured. It sounds dangerous!! How nice to be a size 8!!

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JOCKOLEWIS 6/23/2010 8:29PM

    Wow! Glad you didn't mow yourself over:)

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DALAI_LALA 6/23/2010 8:28PM

    Woah! For a brief second I was worried that you had sliced off something, but you probably wouldn't be so lighthearted in your post... I'm glad it wasn't too bad...

But also, I'm glad it was SO GOOD! Woo hoo! Congratulations! And many other things ending in many exclamation points!!!!!!

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Lala!!!!!!

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GRAMMACATHY 6/23/2010 8:03PM

    emoticon All that discipline and hard work has paid off.
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