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Inchies, Ouchies, Yo-Yos & Chuck

Sunday, April 10, 2011

One of my Spark Teams is Before The Landfill - Crafty Recyclers. Last month someone suggested we make "inchies" and trade them. I had never heard of these before but I'm all about trying new things this year so I said why not. THEN I asked what are they? My brain doesn't always work in forward order.

Inchies are little 1 inch squares that you decorate however your fancy strikes. Being somewhat of a control freak I wanted color and triplicate. There are none. Not being very crafty or creative in general I obsessed...was I doing them wrong, what should they look like, are they supposed to be themed, what kind of materials was I supposed to use, etc. Somehow I got them done on time and mailed:

Some of my Inchies that I kept:

Yesterday I got my SASE in the mail with my traded Inchies from my Spark Friends & Teammates, which are most cool & awesome!

Despite the stress ( I REALLY need instructions for this kind of thing! LOL!) this was fun and I"d be willing to do again.

We've had a lot of rain here so far this spring. It makes me ache, nothing OTC really makes it stop, just sometimes dulls the edge a bit. I will be so glad when we're past the "rainy season" and into summer. Plus strength training is using muscles I had only heard rumors of but have now discovered that I do, in fact, possess. They are sore, but this is a good sore and I know won't last long. I do wish I had a hot tub or jacuzzi to soak in though *sigh*.

For the last month I have felt like a yo-yo with the goes down, then up, then down, then up. The overall trend is still downward but...darn-it! go down & STAY down. I've been within fractions of a pound of meeting the 40 lb goal and I gain a pound or 2 back the next day. The Scale Gremlins are taking pot shots at me and I'm going to have to go root them out and compost them soon if they keep it up.

I have an armoir instead of a dresser and all my clothes are rolled up in baskets inside. I had 2 baskets overflowing with t-shirts and 1 of exercise pants - sweats, yoga pants, etc. So today I went through those baskets to purge what no longer fit and came across the Chuck Norris shirt I had bought for my son last year but he didn't want.

It is a list of things you need to know about Chuck Norris:
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
Chuck Norris doesn't cheat death. He wins fair & square.
Chuck Norris counted to infinity. Twice.
When the bogeyman goes to sleep at night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
Once a cobra bit Chuck Norris' leg. After five days of excruciating pain the cobra died.
Chuck Norris died 10 years ago but the Grim Reaper can't get up the courage to tell him.
Chuck Norris can have both feet on the ground and kick @$$ at the same time.
Chuck Norris can slam revolving doors.
The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas.
Chuck Norris does not read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience.

I want to be just like Chuck Norris LOL!

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IMPROVINGME 4/12/2011 10:51PM

    I got three of your inchies in the mail today and I just love them! You did a great job! No instructions needed for you -- you've got it!

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VYVIENN 4/11/2011 12:53PM

    What a neat project! It's always fun to see what people come up with... sounds like a great way to awaken that snoozing creativity!

Ha, Chuck Norris! Beyond cool! The father of all action heroes!!! emoticon (Hm, how come there's no kickboxing dude, anyway?!)

Tell you what, when we're in Indiana, take a weekend and soak in our tub... lol! Wish I could tell you a timeline for moving, but I'm sure you'll still occasionally get sore whenever it happens. emoticon

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DOODIE59 4/11/2011 8:59AM

    No wonder you want to wear his T-shirt.

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MCJULIEO 4/11/2011 7:27AM

    **raises hand**
Here's another vote for composting the scale gremlins!

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TERRBEAR12 4/10/2011 10:32PM

    The Inchies are totally fun. So glad I miss-read - thought it was itchies! Chuck Norris - the man. Love your observations about him. Enjoy that shirt, but remember - Chuckie fears Wonder Woman.

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JERSEYFLOWER 4/10/2011 10:25PM

    The inchies are cute!

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RONNIE0404 4/10/2011 10:00PM

    Huge Chuck Norris fan. Loved this blog. Keep up the good work and thanks for the "Chuckle".


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TRAILS7 4/10/2011 9:52PM

    I liked the cool... I know the scale gremlins by heart on sight of the scale hand I remember an old chuck norris tee shirt like that! lots of smiles ... I am glad that you wrote this blog... It made me smile when my day has been so busy.... Thank you... I know that you'll get the scale going in the right direction... It is just a bit hard sometimes to see the result going the way you want and then to go backwards... I know that feeling.. up and down... Let's just hope it is more down and less up for the scales..Ha!.. emoticon

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For the love of peanut butter & chocolate

Friday, April 08, 2011

I have a new favorite food...I have discovered The Peanut Butter & Co. line of peanut butters. My local grocery store started carrying a few of the flavors. What could be better than peanut butter combined with chocolate?!!

I'm not a big milk chocolate fan, and dark chocolate is simply OK in small amounts; it's not something I have to have. White chocolate, however, is a favorite. Now I can get two favorites mixed together...white chocolate peanut butter! Completely divine!

The also make a dark chocolate version if you've gone over to the dark side.

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VYVIENN 4/11/2011 12:49PM

    Daaark choooooocolate... that stuff comes with my name stirred in! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 4/9/2011 5:16PM

    Yikes...... Here Be Danger! (to me)

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JFREDERICK11 4/9/2011 8:40AM

    white chocolate is good. Peanut butter is great. I never thought to combine the two. I like dark chocolate and peanut butter. but i think i will only do it once every other month as a special treat. Lots of calories

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FERRETLOVER1 4/9/2011 7:14AM

    Wow - does that sound yummy or what?!?!?! As long as you can control yourself with the portions - go for it! I know I would end up eating way too much at a time!

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IMREITE 4/8/2011 9:56PM

    looks way to tempting.

i think i'll stick with the regular pbs thug other wise i will definatly overeat.

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I'm Trouble Y'all

Thursday, April 07, 2011

With the support & encouragement of my fellow Sparkers (and some divine white chocolate peanut butter) I am moving past my little meltdown yesterday morning. New Me has reasserted dominance and sent Old Me packing off to exile with the Scale Gremlins.

I am still angry but no longer with a visceral need to take it out on someone or something (or like YAGERMONSTER said, Hulk no get job, HULK SMASH!!!!). I spoke very briefly to my Dept. Director yesterday and after thanking him for his support (and I know he did go to bat for me for this position) I expressed my opinion of corporate’s decision very calmly, concisely and professionally and set a time to discuss my next steps and career plan next week when my immediate manager returns from vacation. That, plus the complete shock of the rest of the department upon learning who was chosen, helped validate my feelings.

I went running last night & did my best time yet, shaving off a full 20 seconds from my 2 mile time. It’s hard to stay that angry when running that fast (well, fast for me). I had created a playlist for the run, full of heavy metal head banger music with pounding drums and throbbing bass but couldn’t get it to work on my mp3. So I wound up with the random program.

I was certainly being given a message last night! The first song that came up was “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. There have been a lot of blogs about that song and how empowering it is so I won’t go into details but tonight it was talking to the Old Me that cropped up again yesterday…telling Old Me “Go on now go, walk out the door, just turn around now, 'cause you’re not welcome anymore.”

Next up was “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi…telling New Me to quit whining and get my butt in gear...

“This ain’t a song for the broken hearted…..and I ain’t gonna be just a face in the crowd, you’re gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loud…It’s my life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever, I just wanna live while I’m alive…It’s my life…You better stand tall, when they’re calling you out, don’t bend, don’t break, baby don’t back down”

Then signals got mixed or someone has a real sense of humour…the 3rd song was “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls…and that is so not happening for me right now LOL!

It seemed like every song that came up in rotation had some sort of message for me (well, maybe not Demonoid or Dragula by Rob Zombie, or at least I probably don’t want to know what that message is LOL!). By the end of my run I was practically floating, bad mood relegated to the “Lessons Learned” file.

New Me is back with a vengeance! Time to kick butt & take names and reach those goals! New Me wins by TKO!

And the last song played? “Trouble” by Pink…

No attorneys
To plead my case
No opiates
To send me into outer space……..

I’m trouble
Yeah trouble now
I’m trouble y’all….
I got trouble in my town

You think you’re right
But you were wrong
You tried to take me
But I knew all along
You can’t take me
For a ride
I’m not a fool now
So you better run and hide

I’m trouble
Yeah trouble now
I’m trouble y’all….
I got trouble in my town

If you see me coming down the street
Then you know it’s time to go…..
‘Cause here comes trouble

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YAGERMONSTER 4/8/2011 3:18AM

    Mmmmm... Hulk like white chocolate peanut butter and Pink.

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DOGSTARDADDY 4/7/2011 11:53PM

    wait...did you say white chocolate peanut butter??

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SARAHJG33 4/7/2011 1:08PM

    Alright, Trouble!!! Way to turn negative into positive. Keep up the good work...and take names while you're at it emoticon

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ASEXYWITCH 4/7/2011 12:32PM

    All I have to say is ROCK ON Sister ROCK ON!

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1_OF_5 4/7/2011 11:54AM

    Kickass! I like how you handled your challenges here, very inspirational!

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    Oh, you did WONDERFULLY!!! I'm so proud of how you handled ALL of this! It will speak VOLUMES to those around you at the workplace, too! You have sent a message to all who know you that you can handle what comes your way, and in a mature and professional manner! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 4/7/2011 9:42AM

    You've got me jiving with the "I Will Survive".....

You go, girl!

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BELTONWALKER67 4/7/2011 9:34AM

    A good night's sleep works wonders! Remember...when one door closes another "better" one opens! emoticon

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DOODIE59 4/7/2011 8:29AM

    You've got the brains and mental fortitude to get where you want to go. It's just not happening as quickly as you'd like. Sometimes you need a few side steps to get around obstacles on the path, but you WILL get where you want to go. All the other things you've been doing lately to enrich your life are part of the plan (and provide powerful benefits along the way). When you DO get where you want to be, you're going to be one smart, fit, all-together woman, ready for whatever comes next.

What's that quote?: Good luck comes more often to those who prepare. You are preparing on all kinds of fronts.

Good luck!

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VYVIENN 4/7/2011 6:57AM

    Awesome random playlist! emoticon Love, love Trouble (and very hiiiiiighly recommend the video... emoticon)! Heck, I'm motivated right now!

Great result on the run, too. I guess it's true what they say, sometimes your body just HAS to move! emoticon emoticon

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I can feel the stress melting away

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

My house has been an on-going project for over a decade. My ex-H was great at starting projects and never finishing...and woe unto me if I dared to think about finishing something he had started just to get it done.

The ex-H is gone now but the unfinished projects have multiplied. The most obvious are the walls. The entry & hallway had this textured finish that had been painted. It might have been the latest thing 35 years ago but I'm ready for it to go. The stairway & upstairs hallway had wallpaper that was peeling and had several places where strips had been ripped off. The upstairs bathroom had several places where the ex-H had started repairing imperfections but never finished - so dark blue paint with white spackle patches.

Last winter Steve, one of the Dads from Boy Scouts, painted my daughter's room. He also stripped all the wallpaper of the stairway & hallway walls and did some skim coat on them. And that's where we left it....for a year.

Last June I started scraping off all the texture from the downstairs hallway. This picture shows what the walls have looked like for the last year. The picture is of my son Matt & his girlfriend from Halloween 2010:

The state of my walls - and all the other unfinished projects - has created a low level background stress. I hardly knew it was there; after all I have had years & years of practice living with unfinished projects. But as I started decluttering this year I noticed the stress by its absence. Every time I completed a mini-mini-project - sometimes as simple as just replacing a light bulb - I felt happier & less stressed. Which has made me even more eager to get the major projects completed now that I've got my tax return.

In February Steve came out again and gave me an estimate for prepping all the walls for painting, fixing the hole in the ceiling of the kitchen nook, and painting most of the inside. Due to illness and his work schedule he has been unable to actually start working on my walls. It has been very frustrating but I truly don't blame him b/c his real jobs pay better than what he is charging me. Plus I could do the work myself but I REALLY don't want to; me on a scaffolding is just begging for trouble.

But yesterday he called in the morning & said he was on his way to my house to start work. Yippee!!! I am SO excited! The end is finally in sight.

This is my entry hall after day 1 of wall repair:

I was so happy last night I kept just standing in the hallway with a stupid grin looking at my smooth(er) walls. emoticon

Based on his estimate he has another 9-10 days of work to do to get the house painted for the rooms we agreed on. He's also going to try something to cover the textured ceilings, to make them smooth, as well as the paneling in the kitchen nook and if that looks good for me I'll contract him to do that room & the kitchen as well, and paint the siding once it gets warm & dry enough.

I'm so excited to be getting this done finally! No more half done projects, no more neutral walls & floors!

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TIGGERJEAN 4/5/2011 3:39PM

    Yay! Having an orderly, clean, and beautiful space is very energizing to me as well! On those days when I am bothered by a vague anxiety it is usually a sign that I need to focus on some little things around the house that can build up and drive me crazy!

Your walls look beautiful - your house is going to be so awesome! get Zen!

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TIGGERJEAN 4/5/2011 3:38PM

    Yay! Having an orderly, clean, and beautiful space is very energizing to me as well! On those days when I am bothered by a vague anxiety it is usually a sign that I need to focus on some little things around the house that can build up and drive me crazy!

Your walls look beautiful - your house is going to be so awesome! get Zen!

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    Good for you! I'm in a de-clutter mode, myself!

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DEZZIEJAMES 4/5/2011 2:25PM

    Yay!!!! Can't wait to see the finished product!!!!


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NINJA_SMOO 4/5/2011 2:10PM

  So exciting! Decluttering is a great de-stressor!

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MCJULIEO 4/5/2011 1:29PM

    How wonderful!
I am SO happy for you I can hardly stand it!

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VYVIENN 4/5/2011 1:27PM

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I've gone & done it now

Monday, April 04, 2011

Reading the Community section of the paper last night I saw a little blurb titled "Lace up for the Let's Move races".

So what did I do?

I registered for the 5k race on April 30. After considering the half marathon.

I really don't want to be a "runner", I just want to do my 2 miles and call it done.

So why did I do it? This is not a rhetorical question, I'm trying to figure it out myself LOL!

I'm going to blame it on caffeine, I had a Diet Coke yesterday which is something I rarely do. Caffeine in that amount has not been a regular part of my diet for years. Apparently it made me crazy.

Note to more caffeine when reading the paper.

Now I have to follow through & run the darn race. And because I'm *slightly* competitive (OK, a whole lot competitive) simply finishing won't be good enough. I'm going to have to push myself hard so I come in....not in last place.

Seriously, I'm confident I can finish the race now, and that I can run the entire distance. I'm not interested in winning, or getting one of the top medals or whatever they hand out. I'm competing against myself so as long as I feel I did the best I could I'll be happy. And as long as I don't hurt myself. I'm a bit of a klutz and can see myself tripping, doing a face plant in the middle of the road and being trampled by all the people running behind me.

I really hope it's warm that day.

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VYVIENN 4/5/2011 5:08AM

    5Ks are about 3.1 miles. I have no doubt at all that you'll do great!! If you start feeling doubtful, remember the advice of running great Jeff Galloway: it is ALWAYS ok to take walking breaks! ALWAYS!! emoticon emoticon So you see: you can only win in this!

Secretly, I am very pleased that you're doing this so far ahead of me... heehee!!! I'm marking my calendar so I won't forget to send you a big cheer. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/4/2011 7:27PM

    "I have to blame it on the caffeine." LOL.

You go girl!!

Go on with your bad self.


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IDLETYME 4/4/2011 1:20PM

    I'm proud of you for running the race. You can be #1 without coming in first!
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MCJULIEO 4/4/2011 12:11PM


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    You sure did make me emoticon!!! I know you're going to love that race, and you're going to do emoticon!!

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ATURTLESPACE 4/4/2011 8:39AM

    Good luck! You'll do awesome!

My partner and I have set our 5k day as May 29th, but there isn't an organized one in our area, so we're going to run one of the local paths and just use our pedometers. We're just starting the rookie running program.

I haven't run since grade 9 gym class, and the last time I did cross-country was in fourth grade - which, although I did well, was *ahem* 20 years ago - so my body has changed a bit and my cardiovascular health is not what it was. I'm hoping that by doing the running program I can rebuild.

I'm determined to do it though, and so will you!

We're all here to support you, so you'll be running with the whole Spark crew!


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DOODIE59 4/4/2011 8:04AM

    Not only will you do it, you will LOVE it.

There's nothing like race day (distant memory here), milling around in the crowd, adrenaline pumping, energy currents running off your body ... the weather won't matter ... you'll see people you know. You'll have a great time -- even the bad parts feel good, and then AND THEN you get the FREE T-SHIRT. The T-shirt that says you are a runner now and run with this running crowd. it's AWESOME, and you will have a great day. Git er done!

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RIDLEYRIDER 4/4/2011 7:12AM

  You can do it....and d*&# that caffeine!! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/4/2011 7:12AM

    LOL, good luck- I am sure you will ROCK IT!!!

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SUZIEQS65 4/4/2011 7:07AM

    *S*...another bad thing that caffine does eh?...*S*

You can do it and enjoy it!

Have a great day.

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