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Saturday, July 16, 2011

My new motto: Just do it anyway.

Actually it is "Quit your bitchin' wussy girl, suck it up & get it done." But that is a bit rude and not quite sound bite material lol!

The bunnies have been finding a way into my garden, I have had to chase 2 of them out several days this week. I suspect they get in through the gate, it is hard to keep it closed enough to prevent a gap in the rabbit fencing attached to the bottom. They look at me like "How DARE you chase us out of OUR garden!". At least now that the tree boxes are done & project pictures taken I put fencing around the kiwi trees and they are starting to come back now that the bunnies aren't eating them anymore.

I signed Jacq up for a youth triathlon next month, in Greenville, SC. My parents live about an hour away from Greenville and she will be down there visiting about that time. 200 meter swim, 5 mile bike ride, 1 mile run. So we need to get some pool time in over the next few weeks. Unfortunately the local high school / community pool doesn't post their hours anywhere online that I can find so I'll have to go up there tomorrow & see if they've finally started posting hours on the door. When I was swimming to get ready for summer camp 2 years ago they didn't post hours for whatever reason so we'll see.

My cat Rocky Road has discovered a new protein source. The kids feed her fish flies. Or they let her on the front porch so she can grab them off of the front door herself. Today she also ate a big black ant and a spider she found in the raspberry bushes.

The raspberries are intent on world domination. They are spreading like crazy, even though contained behind the fencing. I'm very glad I put the fencing up last month before they got too big otherwise I wouldn't be able to walk behind the back garage at all right now. I'm getting a bumper crop of berries, they are just at the point where I'll start needing to go picking every day to keep up with them. Fortunately using them up isn't a problem.

According to the doctor I have gallstones & I am "fortunate" that they are "really big". Apparently they are too big to get stuck in one the bile ducts so I have been spared the worst of the pain and therefore my gall bladder isn't inflamed or infected. But it will still have to come out at some point b/c there is no guarantee that I won't get smaller stones that will get stuck. I just need to find time to have it done. I really don't want to have to take the time off work or training. I'd like to save some vacation days to carry over into January for our trip to London for New Year's.

Tomorrow I really have to do some baking, no excuses. I now have 5 jumbo zucchini from the garden this week. Zucchini bread, zucchini carrot muffins, sautéed zucchini, whatever other recipes I can find. 'Cuz more are growing. If only my tomatoes would ripen & my hot peppers would grow really soon now, I am getting impatient. Salsa using only the jalapeños just isn't the same and there are no habaneros in the stores right now.

And I think this is all for tonight, hope everyone had a wonderful day!

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JDECKNESS 7/18/2011 11:50AM

    I would love to be able to have a garden but we rent so it is the grocery store produce section and the Farmer's Market for me.

When I had to have my Gall Bladder removed they did it through my belly button using laporascopy. I was checked in at 6 AM and released at 6 PM one month after my youngest son was born and was back to normal activity the very next day. That is the way to have a surgery done. If you can get it, that is the way I recommend.

Good luck with the bunnies and the surgery.

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MCJULIEO 7/17/2011 5:42PM

    My DH would also recommend rabbit stew to go along with your parmesan zucchini... emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 7/17/2011 10:54AM

    Slice the zucchini, rub with olive oil, salt & pepper and barbecue the slices. YUM!

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MCJULIEO 7/17/2011 9:51AM

    Yum! Zucchini boats grilled under the broiler w/ a sprinkle of parmesan.... the zucchine goes really quickly that way!

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VYVIENN 7/17/2011 4:53AM

    Oh man, your garden sure sounds like paradise to me right now!

Are the gallstones going to require actual surgery or can they still use ultrasound to break them up? That's one of those procedures I'll be thankful for not having to get it yet.. ouch!

Enjoy a lovely Sunday!

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JERSEYFLOWER 7/16/2011 11:34PM

    "Just do it anyway" - love it! May steal it.

As for the bunnies, try spraying Liquid Fence around the garden (but NOT on the stuff you eat.) It works. It's also ridiculously expensive. Smells like really rancid poo - which is exactly why it works, it smells like the poo of bunny predators, so the bunnies stay away. Don't do the cheaper mix-it-yourself route - not as effective, and if you get some on you by accident then YOU are going to smell like poo.

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We interrupt this life...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

With a message from the crazy.

Hey everyone, Becky here! Fangfacekitty sometimes refers to me as "Crazy Me" but that is not the case at all! I'm here to make sure that we become all we can be, just like the Army commercial says!

I've taken control of our body while FFK is preoccupied with banging her head on the wall after somehow deleting the music from her iPod. While she's figuring out how to get it all back I just wanted to let you all know that I have downloaded and completed the application for a half marathon in September! We can do it! FFK just hasn't accepted it yet, but she'll come around! WE CAN DO IT! We can and we will! This is for our own good! After all, with all of you awesome Spark Friends, and me as an alter ego, there's no way we can fail!

I've got to run & get this submitted and paid for before FFK realizes what I've done for us.

We can do it!!!

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And now back to our regularly scheduled routine.

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FREECANDY 7/15/2011 11:20AM

    You can totally do it! emoticon

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DEZZIEJAMES 7/15/2011 10:31AM

    LOL! You can do it!!! I'm so excited for you!!! ROCK ON!

P.S. I hope you were kidding about deleted music... how miserable!

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ATURTLESPACE 7/15/2011 7:05AM

    Way to go Crazy Me (and FFK)! Half marathon, wow! So exciting! And of course you can do it! I am really excited for you!
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GEORGIZ 7/14/2011 9:19PM

    Good looking out Crazy Me, FFK will thank you someday... and I imagine that someday will occur in September when she knocks this 1/2 marathon out of the park! (sorry to mix my sports methaphors).

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MCJULIEO 7/14/2011 2:28PM


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NINJA_SMOO 7/14/2011 11:55AM

  That's so cool! I am all sorts of proud of you for doing this :D

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VYVIENN 7/14/2011 2:29AM

    Whoa! Waaaaait a minute... (whacking sound)...
ALRIGHT, you GO, girl!! Woop, woop!!!! Huge banner! I'm bringing the fireworks to the finish line!!!!... (whacking sound) Ouch!... (pgllllnsffft!) It is nearly impossible to control you crazy freaks! Well, when you come to again, FFK, let me know when Crazy signed you up so I can be on the cheer squad.


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TIGGERJEAN 7/13/2011 10:33PM

Amazing alter-ego.

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JESSIEJACKS76 7/13/2011 10:32PM


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June Recap

Monday, July 11, 2011

I had 7 goals for June. I only met 2 of them. This is a 29% “success” rate. Normally I would be incredibly upset about this but this month I am not. Goals are supposed to be something to strive towards, not automatic accomplishments. But here are the real reasons:

204 to 144 points – 60 pounds lost!
38” to 30” waist – 8 inches lost!
48” to 39” hips – 9 inches lost!
25” to 21” thigh – 4 inches lost!
0.8 to 0.75 waist/hip ratio – now low risk!
15 to 44 push-ups!
25 to 60 sit-ups!
40 to 18 minute 2 mile time!
0 to 3 miles running!
Size 16 to size 6 pants!
Size XL to size S tops!

So I didn’t reach the 50 pushups…I still increased by 9 for the month of June and am only 6 away from my goal.

So I didn’t finish removing the carpet from the living room…I refocused and got my garden finished and it is awesome!

So I didn’t cook 3 meals every week…I only missed by 1 meal in the whole month and cooked more in June than in the previous month.

So I didn’t reach 18 minutes on the treadmill without holding one…I refocused to outdoors running and have started working with a coach once a week to improve my speed.

Overall I am very happy with my year to date progress!

For July I am not setting specific health or fitness goals. I am close enough to my goals that setting specific measurable and time based goals is no longer that productive for me. And I also participating in The Proving Grounds (DIY) 6 week Challenge which is helping to keep me focused.

As long as I still progress I will get there soon!

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VYVIENN 7/13/2011 3:21AM

    That is one of the best examples I've seen why you (well, all of us) should occasionally write out our progress - it is very impressive!! Congrats on your achievements so far!!!

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MCJULIEO 7/11/2011 12:50PM

    Fantastic! You are really progressing!

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GREENEYES2020 7/11/2011 12:35PM

    Wow, you are doing incredibly awesome! Keep up the good work!

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Visual Food Blog

Sunday, July 10, 2011

For The Proving Grounds DIY Challenge: Operation Warrior Babe
The assignment: post pictures of 2 yummy healthy meals you prepared this weekend

For breakfast today I had my oat bran cereal with freshly ground flax seed. As a bonus the raspberries have started to ripen & I picked two handfuls just minutes before to add to my breakfast:

For lunch I made a salmon wrap with lots of just-picked-for-lunch veggies from the garden - several varieties of lettuce & greens, spinach, watercress, sweet peas and green beans - some more raspberries & a pretty hibiscus flower from one of my trees for a garnish.

For dinner on Saturday I made white chicken chili from a recipe I got from a coworker. I added garden picked jalapenos & chili peppers, onion & garlic, garnished with fresh cilantro.

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MCJULIEO 7/11/2011 12:52PM

    Oh, how BEAUTIFUL! How I envy you your raspberries! (we can't grow them here- too HOT!)

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SHANNJ77 7/11/2011 12:38AM

    Looks fantastic!

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Proud to be an American

Monday, July 04, 2011

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Artist: Lee Greenwood
Song: Proud To Be An American

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA!

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MCJULIEO 7/4/2011 4:51PM

    Good one. Thanks.

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RUSSELL_40 7/4/2011 11:11AM

    I remember hearing this on 9/11 while driving for the pizzeria.. I had to pull my car over cuz I was crying

before then I just thought it was a cool song

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    I am proud to be an American, too! Thank you for posting that classic tribute to our wonderful country! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/4/2011 9:35AM

    Always forces me to hold back a tear...

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MYBULLDOGS 7/4/2011 8:18AM

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