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It's been a loooonnnnngggg day

Sunday, November 22, 2009

This has been one long day. After working around the house all day yesterday, getting laundry finished and packing my husband then drove me to the airport after dinner. It is about a 2 hour drive from our house and my flight to JFK was leaving at midnight. He got me to the airport around 9:30pm as we wanted him to get back home before midnight so he could get a decent nights sleep. Flew all night (I was in a middle seat ~ arrrrgghh) and probably dozed off a few times and that is about it for sleep. Got to my brothers place here in Manhattan at 10:30am and then lugged all my luggage up 3 flights of stairs. We visited for awhile then I made some breakfast for us and got unpacked. The rest of the day we pretty much just relaxed other than a trip to the grocerty store for food and supplies. Tomorrow we have a full schedule with a few appointments but I'm thinking I should be able to fit in some sparking. I'm feeling a little guilty that I didn't get in much exercise today ~ but on the other hand my rationale mind tells me that is a ridiculous thought to have under the circumstances.

I'm going to try and get to bed now. Wishing you all a good week ahead. Hugs, Rhonda

  
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BRENFALL09 11/23/2009 8:14PM

    Rhonda,
I agree with the others...three flights of stairs carrying luggage, ouch! Make the most of this trip. Walking alone will burn some calories!
Best wishes!!

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JILLIAN40 11/23/2009 6:44PM

    I hope you have a good time in NYC.

I agree, it does sound like you got in some exercise. Think of it as your active rest day :) I understand the feeling though...exercise, it's addictive!

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SHANIMCK 11/23/2009 2:37PM

    Rhonda. I can so relate... that sounds like my Chile trip which I do several times a year. :) Hopefully by now you are adjusted and got a good nights sleep!

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FLORIDASUN 11/23/2009 11:31AM

    Hi dear one! Soooo happy that you survived the trip and are now with your dear brother! Just give yourself some space to get settled in! Those 3 long flights of steps certainly count for exercise.

Your brother will thrive now that you are with him. Nothing heals like the love of a sibling or loved one! I can feel him getting better already!

Just take your time and do what you need to do to help both of you! I bet that includes plenty of bonding time and healthy eating! How wonderful that you have lost so much weight and have so much to share about a healthier life...you are a beautiful example of what loving yourself looks like...big hugs to you! Stay warm! I wish I were right there with you...I love, love, love NYC..especially during the holidays..it is just the best of the best! Soak it all in for me okay, okay? emoticon

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GRANDMAZ23 11/23/2009 11:27AM

  What do you mean you didn't get much exercise in??? Carrying luggage up 3 flights of stairs sounds like exercise to me! Take a couple of days off to get used to the time change and your new surroundings.

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DANCETHEBEACH 11/23/2009 9:28AM

    I am soooo familiar with JFK! My brother lived in Manhattan for the last 9 yrs and just recently moved back to Brooklyn. With the exception of a 2 yr absence, he's been in and around The City since the late 1980's! Reading your post allows me to live vicariously through you. I can close my eyes and just hear the sounds of the streets and see the sights. I absolutely love it every time I go back to The City!

I hope you and your brother have a wonderful visit and he is extremely comforted and calmed by your being there with him.

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TRICIALICI 11/23/2009 12:00AM

    I definitely think packing luggage up three flights of stairs counts as exercise! Enjoy your visit!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/22/2009 10:28PM

    Oh man ... you exhausted me ...

I don't know how you did all that you did today --- are you the energizer bunny?

Hope you sleep well and re-charge! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEMPOWER 11/22/2009 10:07PM

    Rhonda,

When you're traveling sometimes it's hard to do sparking but, it's great that you communicated with us. Guilt is a useless emotion. Guilt won't help you change your lifestyle. I grew up on guilt because I was raised Catholic. I am still Catholic but I try to accept my mistakes, ask for forgiveness, learn from my mistakes and move on. However, taking care of yourself through a long day doesn't sound like making a mistake.

Take care of yourself and (((((hugs)))) to you too!

Jem

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Getting ready for trip tomorrow

Friday, November 20, 2009

I have been bustling around packing and getting ready to leave for NYC tomorrow. I have let the food in our refrigerator get down to bare bones so I told my DH he may be eating pancakes for dinner tomorrow! Still have some laundry and housework to do before I leave but most of the packing is done. I'm taking a full 50 pounds in my suitcase that gets checked (JetBlue lets you check one bag for free up to 50 pounds... yeah!) I'm taking as much food and supplies as possible as I can buy cheaper here than in Manhattan. I spoke with my sister on the phone today and she is on her way back after spending 3 weeks with my brother. She found few bargains however mentioned she is bringing back SF Jello. It is $1 per box here and she found it at Walgreens there 3 for $1... go figure! Anyway, for those of you who have been following the situation, my brother is improving. He was at the doctor a few days ago and the doctor was SHOCKED at the amount of improvement that has been made. Thank you so much for your prayers... they work! He is gaining weight and strength and is showing some of his old spark. I think the plan my sister and I worked out to get him back on his feet and to work just may fly. I'll blog more about his progress and the situation over the next few weeks. I'm going to miss having Thanksgiving here in Oregon with my family here but will do my best to have some fun in the Big Apple. If any of my Sparkfriends are going to be in Manhattan over the next 3 weeks, please consider sending me SparkMail as I would love to meet for a cup of coffee... or for a Pinkberry! I am addicted to Pinkberry... if you haven't had one they are OMG good and low calorie too.... sort of like low fat frozen yogurt. Everything is super fresh and yummy and they are only a block away over from my bros apartment.

Thanks for stopping by and especially thank you for all your postive comments , prayers and support. Have a wonderful week-end.

Hugs,
Rhonda

  
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KATAKITOMOTSIN 11/23/2009 12:00AM

    I am just familiarizing myself with your blogs. From what I understand you have a brother who is suffering from cancer.

Rhonda, my prayers are wilth your entire family. I hope he gets stronger soon. It is wonderful you can fly to NY to be with him and your sister. He will need a lot of love and support. Please tell him a lot of your Spark friends are praying for him, especially myself. He will be in my thoughts.

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SOUPGAL 11/22/2009 4:42PM

    You are so kind to help out your brother. You will be making great memories for years to come. Enljoy

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FLORIDASUN 11/22/2009 7:48AM

    Hi Rhonda...I feel the healing Rhonda vibes already around your lucky brother...there is NOTHING that heals the human spirit like LOVE emoticon and your family has it in aces! emoticon
Drat...I'd even brave the NYC crowds and cold weather for a PINKBERRY!

Big hugs and I'll be praying my eyes out for your brother..I know he will recover..I just know he will! Pump him full of that green lemonade..it is some kind of wonderful! Let me know if you need the recipe...I'll get it to you stat! emoticon Also get him to watch really FUNNY movies..laughter heals the soul! Anything else? Just ask Doctorette Bobbi! My door//erhhh//SparkPage is always open! ALWAYS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Ohhhh and just another thought..you might want to pick up Suzanne Somer's "Knockout" which is mostly nutritional advise for cancer..but anything that improves the immune system is a great tool to have..right? Just a thought emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMAZ23 11/21/2009 9:20AM

  Rhonda, hope your brother's health continues to improve. Have a safe trip and please check in with us while you're gone. We'll miss you!
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SHANIMCK 11/21/2009 8:26AM

    Rhonda, I'm hoping all goes as planned! Have a wonderful time with your brother and sister, and I'm praying he continues to improve in breakneck speed!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/20/2009 10:42PM

    Have a safe trip! I was going to say your brother is lucky but that is not true. You, your sister, and your brother are all lucky to have such a great, close family ....

Just enjoy each other, know that you are blessed, and know that people everywhere are praying for you!

And if you ever stop in Chicago ... lol .... I'm here! emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 11/20/2009 9:26PM

    Have a safe trip!

I know you'll continue your bro's rehab plan admirably!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/20/2009 6:08PM

    emoticon HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!!

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JRIESSEL 11/20/2009 5:24PM

    Have a safe trip Rhonda!

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fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This is very weird, but interesting!

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!


Have a wonderful day dear Spark Friends,
Hugs,
Rhonda

  
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KATAKITOMOTSIN 11/22/2009 11:49PM

    This blog is sooo cool. I could read it very easily and quickly. Maybe because I am dyslexic. I am not sure. People who are dyslexic often write like that with no second thought to how the letter are arranged. Just like speaking a sentence backward. emoticon

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CANDOIT54 11/22/2009 8:06AM

    Cool-and yeah I could read it







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FLORIDASUN 11/22/2009 7:39AM

    Heee heee it's a darn good thing that spelling isn't as important as it used to be..the new craze of 'texting' has pretty well stifled good ole American standards in spelling...Webster would be shocked and amazed...I like your blog..yep could read it all..but as we BOTH know..my mind works a whole heckava lot different than most...and I'm quite frankly...PROUD of that! emoticon

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DEE797 11/21/2009 3:57PM

    Thanks for sharing this, and Yes I could read every word.

Much success on your journey!

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BRENFALL09 11/21/2009 3:50PM

    Love it- the human body is a wonder!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 11/20/2009 7:03PM

    Yep, I can read every word! Love this -- thanks for sharing.

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SHANIMCK 11/20/2009 4:26PM

    I TOTALLY can. Isn't it bizarre the way our minds work?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/20/2009 3:18PM

    A lot of us must be strange.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/20/2009 3:12PM

    Lvoe it ... but tehn I kenw you wree srtnage arlaedy! emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/20/2009 2:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JRIESSEL 11/20/2009 9:27AM

    YEs I can read it.. and yes I am strange :)

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DANCETHEBEACH 11/20/2009 8:16AM

    Well, spelling is still important in resumes and job applications but fortunately we can still communicate without it! (... and yes, I could read it - and rapidly at that. But my Mom would already tell you I have a strage mind and thus the engineering profession!)

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GEINAHG0757 11/20/2009 7:38AM

    Human brains are pretty amazing. Sometimes I think the folks at Cambridge have WAY to much fun!

Have a super Friday...

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GRAMMYEAC 11/20/2009 6:25AM

    I've seen this borefe, and used it to azmae feridns and gsetus. It's inetsrinetg how mcuh seped raindeg can irmopve your cohempriesonn!

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GIVEUP30 11/20/2009 2:05AM

    I think think was crazy oh no I'm crazy ..yep had no problem at all but think maybe it's because I read backward....Y'all have a very super day emoticon
I also plan on doing what I see the person doing all around this post.....fitting into a cool pair of jeans.... emoticon Mary

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MOMMAKATES 11/20/2009 1:11AM

    Well I always knew I was Strange LOL I remember doing this in Psychology Class it is very interesting.

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LAURAJAH 11/19/2009 11:58PM

    It is interesting. I'm glad I'm one of the 55 out of 100 who read it.

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I'm using Skype! How Fun!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hello Sparkies~

Well, I'm feeling quite "techy" lately. A few days ago my husband and I downloaded Skype onto our laptop computers. This is an on-line telephone with video capabilities that is free when you "call" any e-mail address as long as they also are set up on skype. Neither of us had used it before but I have heard about it and Oprah uses it on occassion to have guests on the show via video skype feed. It is super easy to download and use. If you haven't used it before, I would recommend that you and a friend both download the program so you can test it out. Go to Skype.com and download / run the program. When you add the e-mail addresses of your friends it looks to see if they are also set up on Skype. If they are, you can then call your friends on their e-mail and have a voice conversation or a voice/video if you have a webcam. My laptop has a built in webcam and it automatically magically worked. With my upcoming trip to NYC it will be a great way for my husband and I to "talk" long distance.

One more fun thing to share today. Do any of you play Sudoko? Well there is an on-line version called Foodoko that uses pictures of food rather than numbers. Sort of an interesting twist. You can also download a version to your iphone or ipod touch. Try it out... it's free.

www.addictinggames.com/foodoku.html

Have fun and wishing you a great week.

Hugs, Rhonda

  
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DANCETHEBEACH 11/19/2009 9:42PM

    I do totally love Sudoku ... but foodoko??? Oh no! Does it make you hungry playing it?
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IZZYBEBOP 11/19/2009 8:25PM

    I added Skype to talk to a client in England. I didn't use a webcam or microphone cause you can use it just like any other Instant Message program. It's great! Especially for people who live far from each other cause then if you do have a web cam or microphone, you can actually SEE/HEAR the person...and it's free!

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BRENFALL09 11/19/2009 7:47PM

    You are so techie it's not funny, plan to try out the foodoko later this weekend. Thanks for the tips!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/19/2009 7:14PM

    MY COMP. WENT SCREWY AFTER THAT. NOT SURE IF SKYPE WAS THE PROBLEM OR RON DOING IT. HEE HEE. I HAVE SPEAKERS ETC. I SHOULD TRY IT AGAIN.

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FLORIDASUN 11/19/2009 7:09PM

    I'm so happy you reminded me about Skype..we have friends that moved to Panama..and I want to get in touch with them....I know they also have Skype..so we can connect again...awesome..and thanks for the blog! I'm going to try Fooduko too..I LOVE Suduko...love it! emoticon emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/19/2009 4:54PM

    My step daughter used Skype to allow a friend in Iraq to be present at her wedding. It really is so cool!

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TRICIALICI 11/19/2009 12:44PM

    I'm glad you found Skye! It will be a great way to connect with your husband while you are away. I am a Skype grandma! I live in Utah, and my grandkids are in Nebraska, Missouri, and North Carolina! The kids gave us a nice web cam for Christmas last year, and told us about Skype! We love it. It's an awesome way to spend a Sunday evening - visiting with far-away family! The grandkids can share their new "toothless" smiles, their latest artwork, etc., and we can blow each other kisses! We can see the tiny ones as they go through different stages! It's awesome! Thank goodness for technology!

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SOUPGAL 11/19/2009 11:10AM

    I have used skype with one friend. If I am right, the person you call also must have skype. I am going to try the foodoko. That sounds like fun.

Thanks for sharing.

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JRIESSEL 11/19/2009 9:10AM

    We are considering getting rid of our land line soon, so I have tossed around the idea of using Skype also. I may have to look into it again!

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Your Age by Chocolate ~ Too Cool!

Monday, November 16, 2009

This is TOO COOL!
YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH


First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate! (more than once but less than 10)

Now ~ Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
and then add 5

Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator. LOL

If you have already had your birthday this year add 1759 ..
If you haven't, add 1758. (Now I know you REALLY need your calculator!)

Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should now have a three digit number
The first digit of this was your original number
(how many times you wanted to have chocolate each week).
The next two numbers are YOUR AGE!


  
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WOLFSPIRITS 11/18/2009 12:43PM

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DESERT_BIRD 11/17/2009 2:40PM

    Cool. I love chocolate!

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LAURAJAH 11/17/2009 1:51PM

    Very cool.

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GRANDMAZ23 11/17/2009 11:48AM

  Hey, that's neat!

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CANDOIT54 11/17/2009 9:51AM

    cool

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BBAHONORS 11/17/2009 8:29AM

    Pretty cool! It even works when you start with the number zero!

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GRAMMYEAC 11/17/2009 7:08AM

    Neat math!

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ME2448 11/17/2009 6:37AM

    Very cool

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ANGELCOWBOY1 11/17/2009 6:34AM

    Very cool!

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FLORIDASUN 11/17/2009 6:28AM

    Hey Rhonda...how cool is this...I'm printing it out to share with the Friday nite gang...very neat...thanks for sharing! The ratios work like a charm...who knew??? emoticon emoticon Now...if I could only HAVE chocolate 5 times per week...well..I kinda can...as long as it's RAW! emoticon

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GERALDINE16 11/17/2009 12:42AM

    That is brilliant!

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ARENDIVA 11/17/2009 12:13AM

    wow that is so freaky. i am 22!

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SERENA_DOVE 11/17/2009 12:07AM

    lol...that's great!!

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LIMONM 11/16/2009 11:36PM

    Aye Yi Yi! This DOES work...I did want chocolate 5 times a day & I it did reveal my current age! Thank goodness, 'cause I keep forgetting how old I really am (hee hee)! emoticon emoticon

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