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Great Bear Wilderness

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Today, Cliff & I went to Brookfield Zoo. We visited a brand new exhibit (opened May 8th!) called Great Bear Wilderness. It was amazing. Compared to the previous exhibits the bears lived in...this is nirvana! They now have large grassy areas along with a huge pool to swim in. Plus, the bison are living in an area that really makes you feel as if you are back in the old days with Indians roaming the country. Gorgeous close up views of the bison.

We also had the joy of seeing a family of geese - mom, dad & their 7 newborn babies! Really neat. We got to get very close to them. It was really, truly awesome!

Oh, and we really got in some great walking - pretty slowly...but lots of walking! It was a win-win day all around.

  
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DONNETTASUE 5/20/2010 5:24PM

  What a relaxing and special day. Sounds like a place I should see. emoticon

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DAISES2 5/16/2010 8:46AM

    sounds like a really good day,we love going to the zoo,we go about 4 times a year

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DENI_ZEN 5/15/2010 8:48PM

    Sounds like a really delightful day! And don't you just love geese? They seem to pass through our area fairly regularly :)

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SVELTINGTON 5/15/2010 8:05PM

    But did they have honey?
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PJSTIME 5/15/2010 8:01PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day, Ours has been rainy and cloudy all day. So it was an inside day here.

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THANK YOU!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Once again, thank you to all my Spark friends who have wished me a happy anniversary & birthday! I had a wonderful anniversary celebration with my husband at a really nice restaurant that was new to us both.

Then, I had a super birthday. Between celebrating with my dad & his girlfriend and celebrating with my husband & getting flowers at my new job...wow! I have worked at a lot of places for a long time...but didn't get any flowers or even sometimes no card either. To get flowers at my job after being there about 5 weeks...amazing!

Then, my husband got me balloons which I absolutely love! Plus, he got me tickets to see "Walking with Dinosaurs." I am a big fan of dinosaurs, so this is the BEST GIFT EVER!!!!!

I feel so lucky to have such a great husband, a great dad, a great sister, and great friends!! Thank you all so very much!

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DENI_ZEN 5/7/2010 7:50PM

    I'm so glad! This is what life was meant for...the kind of joy you've described here emoticon Five weeks and flowers? You are one beloved employee! Wow!

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SVELTINGTON 5/7/2010 6:35PM

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DONNETTASUE 5/7/2010 11:27AM

  Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Belated Anniversary wishes. How many years have you been married, if I may ask?

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CARMEL466 5/7/2010 10:21AM

    I'm so sorry I missed your birthday and anniversary. Happy belated to both your special days. Glad you had a great time.

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DAISES2 5/7/2010 9:07AM

    you are more than welcome judy,so glad you are having such a good time emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 5/7/2010 8:10AM

    Very happy to hear the laughter and joy in your blog emoticon

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LLLAWSON 5/7/2010 8:01AM

    Sounds like you are truly blessed. Glad things are going so well. emoticon

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PJSTIME 5/7/2010 7:31AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. You new job and the people sound wonderful and what a nice thing for them to do. Let us know how you like Walking with Dinasours. PJ

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THREE FOOD MYTHS BUSTED

Monday, May 03, 2010

Every day we're inundated with rules for healthy living. Unfortunately, many of them just don't hold true. Dawn Gravely, a trainer at Equinox in San Francisco, debunks 3 of them.

Myth 1: Chicken is always better for you than red meat.

Fact: If you leave the skin on or opt for dark meat, chicken contains more fat than pork or lean cuts of beef like top sirloin, flank, and filet mignon. In general, though, the fewer legs it has, the better protein it is. Aim to get most of your protein from sources with no legs (fish, eggs or tofu) and reserve four-legged proteins for once a week or less.

Myth 2: Multigrain bread is healthier than white bread.

Fact: "Multigrain" means only that they've used multiple types of grain-it's usually still stripped of the bran and germ that give grain its vitamins and fiber. Instead, look for the words "whole grain" on labels.

Myth 3: Brown sugar is better for you than white sugar.

Fact: Brown sugar, which gets is color from molasses, is usually still partially or totally refined, so it's just as bad. Opt for raw sugar because it has more minerals and hasn't been chemically processed. However, women should consume fewer than six teaspoons (about 100 calores) of sugar per day.

  
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QUEENMILLS 5/5/2010 5:42PM

    Thanks for the inforamtion. I just try and stay away from bread and sugar. I love eggs and boneless skinless chicken. Have a great day!

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DDOORN 5/5/2010 2:25PM

    NO sugar is best of all, in my opinion...! :-)

Don

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DENI_ZEN 5/3/2010 7:24PM

    Thanks for debunking these fallacies! I eat chicken, but never with the skin on. It's so easy to find skinless, boneless chicken breasts these days, and there are a million ways to prepare them. Good pointer on the "multigrain" mumbo-jumbo, too! And sugar is sugar is sugar!

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MYINNERDIVA 5/3/2010 10:24AM

    I've switched to whole grain white bread. Tastes like white, has fewer calories and more fiber than most of the wheat breads. And my picky eater will eat it.

Thanks for the info!

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SVELTINGTON 5/3/2010 10:04AM

    Thank you for the
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CARMEL466 5/3/2010 9:40AM

    Thanks for the information. You're awesome!

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PLAYBLUES22 5/3/2010 8:26AM

    WOW !!! thanxs for info emoticon

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LLLAWSON 5/3/2010 8:18AM

    Didn't realize that about bread. Thanks for sharing.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 5/3/2010 8:18AM

    I'm still confused about what is healthier for you and what is bad for you. I just try to make the better choice and watch my calories. I love chicken but I almost always leave the skin on.

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MARPET44 5/3/2010 7:47AM

    I always look for whole wheat as the first ingredient.

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/3/2010 7:44AM

    It's so hard to get the Bread thing right.

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NUTRON3 5/3/2010 7:05AM

    Thanxs

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TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I just had to post this to say thank you to all of my Spark friends out there. It really makes me so happy whenever I log into & find all those wonderful encouraging comments.

I am humbled whenever someone tells me that I inspire them. I have to say that all of my Spark friends inspire me...all in different ways!

SparkPeople rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DONNETTASUE 5/3/2010 9:15PM

  Thanks for all your informational and interesting blogs. keep up the good work in all areas of your life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMENTSMATTER 5/2/2010 2:39PM

    I agree with DDOORN and Carmel466!!! You really do give us hope and inspiration. Have a great day and thanks!! emoticon

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CARMEL466 5/2/2010 10:23AM

    You are awesome and your journey is one that motivates us all. I come to your page often because you inspire me to keep going and give me hope that once I've reached my goal, I will keep the weight off and keep striving to stay fit. Thank you. I agree with DDOORN... Sparkfamily is the best!

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DDOORN 5/2/2010 9:48AM

    Our SparkFamily is the BEST!

It's wonderful to have you among us! :-)

Don

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MY NEW JOB UPDATE

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Well, I have actually been at my job for 1 month already. Yesterday, my trainer presented me with a list of the job functions I have been performing and a very constructive critique of my performance.

Boy, I didn't realize just how much I have actually learned or how much I have been doing until I read this paper. I brought it home so my husband could read it. He, too, was amazed at just how much I really do there. He said to me, "Wow, I didn't realize just how much you do there. You really earn your salary, don't you?"

I laughed & said, "Yeah, I sure do! And I haven't even learned everything yet. I don't know how to input the credit cards online yet, or do the accounts payable stuff, or even all the functions of accounts receivable!"

I love the job, though. It is hard on some days, but with my trainer's patience...I know I can do it all eventually.

I am happy to report that everyone likes me there, too.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 5/2/2010 12:54PM

    WOW, emoticon

There's NO reason they would not like you, after all WE LOVE YOU~!

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KLASSIE 5/1/2010 10:56PM

    It's great when we like what we're doing and even better when we're recognized for it. Sounds like a great fit for you. Congratulations.

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JUDITHANNIE 5/1/2010 8:01PM

    You're doing great, keep up the good work!!!!!!!

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PJSTIME 5/1/2010 4:58PM

    Sound like you have adapted well to your new job. Glad to hear you like it and they like you. PJ

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SVELTINGTON 5/1/2010 4:04PM

    Glad to hear you are doing so well. I would expect NOTHING less from you! Of course everyone likes you, we all love you!

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DAISES2 5/1/2010 1:42PM

    well done,i love a success story emoticon emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 5/1/2010 12:55PM

    What great news! They obviously knew what they were doing when they hired you :) Glad everything's going well for everyone, all around!

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CARMEL466 5/1/2010 12:12PM

    I'm so happy for you. WTG!

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PLAYBLUES22 5/1/2010 10:48AM

    Now that deserves a gold star on the calendar. Good for you in all you have accomplished and what you will learn in the future with your job emoticon

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